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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
 
The Soldier

Rupert Brooke (1887–1915)
 
IF 1 I should die, think only this of me:
That there’s some corner of a foreign field
That is for ever England. There shall be
In that rich earth a richer dust conceal’d;
A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,        5
Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
 
And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less        10
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
 
Note 1. Rupert Brooke. From the same batch of Sonnets as 429. [back]
 
 
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