Courage

Original Text: 
Arthur Christopher Benson, The Professor and Other Poems (London: John Lane the Bodley Head, 1900): 58-59. PR 4099 B5P7 Robarts Library
1I have been brave in my way,
2    Though men did not call me brave;
3They deem that I creep away,
4    If ever a pennon wave
5Over the flashing fray.
6Yet I have lain through the night
7    Shuddering, open-eyed,
8Straining my aching sight
9    To see what leant at my side,
10Angel or sullen sprite.
11Then in the haggard day, --
12    Cruel and cold it shone, --
13Sighing in sad dismay,
14    I bind my armour on;
15I have been brave, I say.
Publication Start Year: 
1900
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2001
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