Slain

Original Text: 
The Collected Poems of T. W. H. Crosland (London: Martin Secker, 1917): 155-56. PR 4518 C686A17
Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori
1You who are still and white
2     And cold like stone;
3For whom the unfailing light
4     Is spent and done;
5For whom no more the breath
6     Of dawn, nor evenfall
7Nor Spring, nor love, nor death
8     Matter at all;
9Who were so strong and young
10     And brave and wise,
11And on the dark are flung
12     With darkened eyes;
13Who roystered and caroused
14     But yesterday,
15And now are dumbly housed
16     In stranger clay;
17Who valiantly led,
18     Who followed valiantly,
19Who knew no touch of dread
20     Of that which was to be;
21Children that were as nought
22     Ere ye were tried,
23How have ye dared and fought,
24     Triumphed and died!
25Yea, it is very sweet
26     And decorous
27The omnipotent Shade to meet
28     And flatter thus.
Publication Start Year: 
1899
Publication Notes: 
The Outlook (Nov. 11, 1899).
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2002
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