Verb Vixen

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Sunday, November 11

If I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

— I hate to let Winston Churchill’s estimation of Rupert Brooke stand, he was far more than a World War I poet, but “The Soldier” is certainly one of the most beautiful poems for Remembrance Day. So I will allow it.

Tags:   #remembrance day #rupert brooke #the soldier #poetry #world war I #veterans #armed services

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