Masefield

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Fugitive verse by Florence Earle Coates
Masefield
As rendered in The North American Review (May 1922):
from The North American Review, May 1922

MASEFIELD

BY FLORENCE EARLE COATES
On re-reading Gallipoli and the Sonnets

I thought on England in her tragic hour
 Of sacrifice supreme for human right;
 Beheld her bleeding, broken in the fight
With a massed tyranny's stupendous power;
And musing on far graves where lie her flower
 Of manhood, memory so dimmed my sight
 That I forgot the dawn that crowned her night—
The victory that was her valor's dower.


Then, even as I grieved, I saw once more
 How genius can atone and re-create:
How, by its own high gift, it can restore
 The Land that gives it birth to sovereign State,
Rekindling glories that it knew before,
 And deepening its life to life as great!


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