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POETS MILITANT


And doubt, despair, and disillusionment,
And how were grievous wounds on many a head,
And on your garb red-faced was other red;
And how you stooped as men whose strength was spent,
I knew that we had suffered each as other,
And could have grasped your hand and cried, "My brother!"


THE CHALLENGE OF THE GUNS

BY day, by night, along the lines their dull boom rings,
And that reverberating roar its challenge flings.
Not only unto thee across the narrow sea,
But from the loneliest vale in the last land's heart
The sad-eyed watching mother sees her sons depart.


And freighted full the tumbling waters of ocean are
With aid for England from England's sons afar.
The glass is dim; we see not wisely, far, nor well,
But bred of English bone, and reared on Freedom's wine,
All that we have and are we lay on England's shrine.


RED POPPIES IN THE CORN

I'VE seen them in the morning light,
 When white mists drifted by:
I've seen them in the dusk o' night
 Glow 'gainst the starry sky.
The slender waving blossoms red,
 Mid yellow fields forlorn:
A glory on the scene they shed,
 Red Poppies in the Corn.


I've seen them, too, those blossoms red,
 Show 'gainst the Trench lines' screen.
A crimson stream that waved and spread
 Thro' all the brown and green: