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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
From Dum agonizatur anima

Digby Mackworth Dolben (1848–1867)
.. AND 1 some are there unscathed of flame or sword
Yet on their brows the seal of suffering,
And in their hands the rose of martyrdom,..
A fount of wonder in their pensive eyes,
Sprung from the thought that pain is consummate—        5
‘To him that overcometh’—half forgotten
The victory, so long the battle was,
Begun when manhood was a thing to be:
Not as they send the boyish sailor out,
A father’s lingering hand amid his hair,        10
A mother’s kisses warm upon his cheek,
And in his heart the unspoken consciousness
That though upon his grave no gentle fingers
Shall set the crocus, yet in the old home
There shall be aye a murmur of the sea,        15
A fair remembrance and a tender pride.
Not so for these the dawn of battle rose …
Note 1. Dolben. From Dum agonizatur anima in ‘Poems’. No. 43. [back]

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