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Rupert Brooke (1887-1915)

1914 V. The Soldier


              1If I should die, think only this of me:
              2    That there's some corner of a foreign field
              3That is for ever England. There shall be
              4    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
              5A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
              6    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
              7A body of England's, breathing English air,
              8    Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.

              9And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
            10    A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
            11        Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
            12Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
            13    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
            14        In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Rupert Brooke, "1914" Five Sonnets (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915). PR 6003 R4N5 1915b Robarts Library. See also Rupert Brooke, 1914 & Other Poems (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915): 15. PR 6003 R4N5 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1915
Publication date note: New Numbers (1915)
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1999.
Recent editing: 2:2001/11/15

Composition date: 1914
Form: sonnet
Rhyme: ababcdcd efgefg


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