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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.
The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Francis William Bourdillon (1852–1921)

Poems of the Great War: Here: and There

September, 1914

SOFT benediction of September sun;

Voices of children, laughing as they run;

Green English lawns, bright flowers and butterflies;

And over all the blue embracing skies.

Tumult and roaring of the incessant gun;

Dead men and dying, trenches lost and won;

Blood, mud, and havoc, bugles, shoutings, cries;

And over all the blue embracing skies.