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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
110. Song of the Red Cross
By Eden Phillpotts
O GRACIOUS ones, we bless your name
  Upon our bended knee;
The voice of love with tongue of flame
  Records your charity.
Your hearts, your lives right willingly ye gave,        5
  That sacred ruth might shine;
Ye fell, bright spirits, brave amongst the brave,
  Compassionate, divine.
Example from your lustrous deeds
  The conqueror shall take,        10
Sowing sublime and fruitful seeds
  Of aidos in this ache.
And when our griefs have passed on gloomy wing,
  When friend and foe are sped,
Sons of a morning to be born shall sing        15
  The radiant Cross of Red;
Sons of a morning to be born shall sing
  The radiant Cross of Red.


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