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ENGLAND


From Crecy field to Neuve Chapelle he's there with hand and sword,
And he sailed with Drake from Devon to the glory of the Lord.
His arm is strong to smite the wrong and break the tyrant's pride,
He was there when Nelson triumphed, he was there when Gordon died;
He sees his red-cross ensign float on all the winds that blow,
But ah! his heart's in England—
 In England, April England—
Oh, his heart it turns to England where the golden willows grow.


Saint George he was a fighting man, he's here and fighting still
While any wrong is yet to right or Dragon yet to kill,
And faith! he's finding work this day to suit his war-worn sword,
For he's strafing Huns in Flanders to the glory of the Lord.
Saint George he is a fighting man, but when the fighting's past,
And dead among the trampled fields the fiercest and the last
Of all the Dragons earth has known, beneath his feet lies low,
Oh, his heart will turn to England—
 To England, April England—
He'll come home to rest in England where the golden willows blow!


LINES WRITTEN IN SURREY, 1917

A SUDDEN swirl of song in the bright sky—
 The little lark adoring his lord the sun;
 Across the corn the lazy ripples run;
Under the eaves, conferring drowsily,
Doves droop or amble; the agile waterfly
 Wrinkles the pool; and flowers, gay and dun,
 Rose, bluebell, rhododendron, one by one,
The buccaneering bees prove busily.