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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
Owen Seaman. 1861–
40. Thomas of the Light Heart
FACING the guns, he jokes as well 
  As any Judge upon the Bench; 
Between the crash of shell and shell 
  His laughter rings along the trench; 
He seems immensely tickled by a         5
Projectile while he calls a "Black Maria." 
He whistles down the day-long road, 
  And, when the chilly shadows fall 
And heavier hangs the weary load, 
  Is he down-hearted? Not at all.  10
'Tis then he takes a light and airy 
View of the tedious route to Tipperary. 
His songs are not exactly hymns; 
  He never learned them in the choir; 
And yet they brace his dragging limbs  15
  Although they miss the sacred fire; 
Although his choice and cherished gems 
Do not include "The Watch upon the Thames." 
He takes to fighting as a game; 
  He does no talking, through his hat,  20
Of holy missions; all the same 
  He has his faith—be sure of that; 
He'll not disgrace his sporting breed, 
Nor play what isn't cricket. There's his creed. 

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