Poems of the Great War

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Poems of the Great War  (1914) 
Published on behalf of the Prince of Wales's National Relief Fund
Note by Rudyard Kipling


POEMS OF THE GREAT WAR



DUTY

Give gladly you rich—'tis no more than you owe—
For the weal of your Country, your wealth's
            overflow!
Even I that am poor am performing my part;
I am giving my brain, I am giving my heart.
 



POEMS OF THE

GREAT WAR

PUBLISHED ON BEHALF OF THE
PRINCE OF WALES'S NATIONAL
RELIEF FUND




LONDON
CHATTO & WINDUS
1914



NOTE


THIS collection of War Poems, the net profits from which will be given to the Prince of Wales's Fund, represents the free offering of English poets to the cause of National Relief.

Most of the poems have appeared recently in the Press. Mr. Robert Bridges' opening contribution, Mr. Henry Newbolt's, Mr. Maurice Hewlett's, Mr. R. E. Vernéde's, Mr. Binyon's, were all printed in the Times during the few days immediately following the declaration of war, as also was the sonnet by Mr. William Watson. Sir Owen Seaman's poem came out originally in Punch, "The Hour" in the Daily Telegraph, "The United Front" in the Daily Mail. "We Willed it Not" is reprinted from the Sphere, "Duty" and "Commandeered" from the Westminster Gazette, and the poems by Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Cecil Chesterton from the New Witness. The New Weekly published the verses by Mr. John Freeman, and the Daily Chronicle those by Mr. Harold Begbie. The two hymns which close the collection are reprinted, by special permission of their authors, from volumes previously published.

The publishers desire also to record their thanks to Mr. William Nicholson for the design which appears on the cover.



CONTENTS

PAGE
"Wake up, England" Robert Bridges 7
The Vigil Henry Newbolt 9
To the Troubler of the World William Watson 11
To England: To Strike Quickly  Maurice Hewlett 12
Fourth of August Laurence Binyon 13
The United Front Alfred Noyes 15
England to the Sea R. E. Vernéde 18
The Hour J. B. Fagan 21
The Wife of Flanders G. K. Chesterton  23
The Stars in their Courses John Freeman 25
Commandeered L. G. Moberly 29
The Man who Keeps his Head Harold Begbie 30
France Cecil Chesterton 32
We Willed it Not John Drinkwater 33
Pro Patria Owen Seaman 35
Hymn before Action Rudyard Kipling 37
Hymn in War Time Robert Bridges 39


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