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The Silk-Hat Soldier

Richard Le Gallienne

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. . .>CONTENTS PAGE To Belgium9 The Silk-Hat Soldier11 The Cry of the Little Peoples14 The Illusion of War20 Christmas in War-time22 “Soldier Going to the War”29 The Rainbow30 TO BELGIUM

Our tears, our songs, our laurels—what are these
  To thee in thy Gethsemane of loss,
Stretched in thine unimagined agonies
  On Hell's last engine of the Iron Cross.

For such a world as this that thou shouldst die
  Is price too vast—yet, Belgium, hadst thou sold
Thyself, O then had fled from out the earth
  Honour for ever, and left only Gold.

Nor diest thou—for soon shalt thou awake,
  And, lifted high on our victorious shields,
Watch the new sunrise driving for your sons
  The hated Ger. . . Read More