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 Impression July 1918
Second Impression August 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 is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1915, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 99 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.