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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
128. “How Steep the Brave!”
 
By Walter de la Mare
 
 
NAY, nay, sweet England, do not grieve!
  Not one of these poor men who died
But did within his soul believe
  That death for thee was glorified.
 
Ever they watched it hovering near        5
  That mystery ’yond thought to plumb,
Perchance sometimes in loathèd fear
  They heard cold Danger whisper, Come!—
 
Heard and obeyed. O, if thou weep
  Such courage and honour, beauty, care,        10
Be it for joy that those who sleep
  Only thy joy could share.
 

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