Category Archives: Soldiers

Break of Day in the Trenches By Isaac Rosenberg

The darkness crumbles away. It is the same old druid Time as ever, Only a live thing leaps my hand, A queer sardonic rat, As I pull the parapet’s poppy To stick behind my ear. Droll rat, they would shoot … Continue reading

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The Soldier By Rupert Brooke

If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is for ever England. There shall be In that rich earth a richer dust concealed; A dust whom England bore, shaped, made … Continue reading

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War Is Kind By Stephen Crane

Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind. Because your lover threw wild hands toward the sky And the affrighted steed ran on alone, Do not weep. War is kind. Hoarse, booming drums of the regiment Little souls who thirst … Continue reading

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The Fall of Rome By W. H. Auden

The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow the evening gowns; Agents of the Fisc pursue Absconding tax-defaulters through The sewers of provincial towns. … Continue reading

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In Flanders Fields By John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place, and in the sky, The larks, still bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead; short days ago We … Continue reading

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Irish Military Archives

Title: Irish Military Archives Author: Defence Forces, Ireland Full Text & Source: http://www.militaryarchives.ie/collections/online-collections/bureau-of-military-history-1913-1921 The Internet, Online,2/10/2015 Sample Text: The Military Archives has been the official place of deposit for records of the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the … Continue reading

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A Dedication to Soldiers Three By Rudyard Kipling

And they were stronger hands than mine That digged the Ruby from the earth- More cunning brains that made it worth The large desire of a king, And stouter hearts that through the brine Went down the perfect Pearl to … Continue reading

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