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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Rupert Brooke. 1887–1915
 
149. The Soldier
 
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,         5
  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  10
    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. 
 
 
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