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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
54. In War-Time
 
An American Homeward-Bound
 
By Florence Earle Coates
 
 
FURTHER and further we leave the scene
  Of war—and of England’s care;
I try to keep my mind serene—
  But my heart stays there;
 
For a distant song of pain and wrong        5
  My spirit doth deep confuse,
And I sit all day on the deck, and long—
  And long for news!
 
I seem to see them in battle-line—
  Heroes with hearts of gold,        10
But of their victory a sign
  The Fates withhold;
 
And the hours too tardy-footed pass,
  The voiceless hush grows dense
’Mid the imaginings, alas!        15
  That feed suspense.
 
Oh, might I lie on the wind, or fly
  In the wilful sea-bird’s track,
Would I hurry on, with a homesick cry—
  Or hasten back?        20
 

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