The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke: With a Memoir

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Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke

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Emery Walker ph.n.

Rupert Brooke

The Collected Poems

of Rupert Brooke:

With a Memoir

London: Sidgwick & Jackson, Ltd.

3 Adam Street, Adelphi, W.C. 1918

First ImpressionJuly 1918
Second ImpressionAugust 1918

All rights reserved

Printed in Great Britain
by Turnbull & Spears, Edinburgh


Memoir xi

POEMS 1911-1914


I. Peace 5
II. Safety 6
III. The Dead 7
IV. The Dead 8
V. The Soldier 9
The Treasure 10


Tiare Tahiti 13
Retrospect 16
The Great Lover 18
Heaven 21
Doubts 23
There's Wisdom in Women 24
He wonders whether to praise or to blame her 25
A Memory 26
One Day 27
Waikiki 28
Hauntings 29

Sonnet (Suggested by some of the Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research)

Clouds 31
Mutability 32


The Busy Heart 35
Love 36
Unfortunate 37
The Chilterns 38
Home 40
The Night Journey 41
Song 43
Beauty and Beauty 44
The Way that Lovers use 45
Mary and Gabriel 46
The Funeral of Youth 49


The Old Vicarage, Grantchester 53

POEMS 1905-1911


Sonnet: "Oh! Death will find me" 63
Sonnet: "I said I splendidly loved you" 64
Success 65
Dust 66
Kindliness 68
Mummia 70
The Fish 72
Thoughts on the shape of the Human Body 75
Flight 77
The Hill 79
The One before the Last 80
The Jolly Company 82
The Life Beyond 83

Lines written in the Belief that the Ancient Roman Festival of the Dead was called Ambarvalia

Dead Men's Love 88
Town and Country 89
Paralysis 91
Menelaus and Helen 92
Lust 94
Jealousy 95
Blue Evening 97
The Charm 99
Finding 100
Song 102
The Voice 103
Dining-Room Tea 105
The Goddess in the Wood 108
A Channel Passage 109
Victory 110
Day and Night 111


Choriambics—I. 115
Choriambics—II. 117
Desertion 119


Second Best 123
Day that I have Loved 125
Sleeping Out: Full Moon 127
In Examination 129
Pine-Trees and the Sky: Evening 130
Wagner 131
The Vision of the Archangels 132
Seaside 133
On the Death of Smet-Smet 134
The Song of the Pilgrims 136
The Song of the Beasts 138
Failure 140
Ante Aram 141
Dawn 142
The Call 143
The Wayfarers 145
The Beginning 146

"I strayed about the deck, an hour, to-night" 149
The Dance 150
Song 151
"Sometimes even now I may" 152
Sonnet in Time of Revolt 153
A Letter to a Live Poet 154
Fragment on Painters 156
The True Beatitude 157
Sonnet Reversed 158
The Little Dog's Day 159


I feel that an apology is due to those who have been looking for some time for a Memoir of my son. The chief reason for the delay has been my great desire to gain the collaboration of some of his contemporaries at Cambridge and during his young manhood, for I believe strongly that they knew the largest part of him. Up to now it has been found impossible to do this, much as I should have wished it; and as since his death many of them have also laid down their lives, there is no longer any hope of doing so in the future. I have therefore consented to the Memoir coming out now, although it is of necessity incomplete. I cannot speak strongly enough of the ability and loving care that Mr Marsh has given to the work.

M. R. B.

April 1918


This memoir was written in August 1915, a few months after Rupert Brooke's death, and my intention was to publish it with his collected poems in the course of that year. Circumstances prevented this, and now that three years have passed I ought probably to rewrite it in the changed perspective and on a different scale. As this is impossible for several reasons, I have had to be contented with a general revision, and the addition of letters which have since come into my hands.

I am very grateful to his Mother and to those of his friends who have allowed me to quote from his letters and from their accounts of him.

E. M.

April 1918.

This work was published before January 1, 1923, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.