The Soldier

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Rupert Brooke was an English poet who was born at 5 Hillmorton Road, Rugby. He is best known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially “The Soldier.”

The Soldier

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 aware,
Gave, once, her flowers to love,
her ways to roam,
A body of England’s, breathing English air,
Washed by the rivers,
blest by suns of home.

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

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