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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
28. To Belgium
By Eden Phillpotts
CHAMPION of human honour, let us lave
  Your feet and bind your wounds on bended knee.
  Though coward hands have nailed you to the tree
And shed your innocent blood and dug your grave,
Rejoice and live! Your oriflamme shall wave—        5
  While man has power to perish and be free—
  A golden flame of holiest Liberty,—
Proud as the dawn and as the sunset brave.
Belgium, where dwelleth reverence for right
  Enthroned above all ideals; where your fate        10
And your supernal patience and your might
  Most sacred grow in human estimate,
You shine a star above this stormy night
  Little no more, but infinitely great.


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