1914 II. Safety

Original Text: 
Rupert Brooke, "1914" Five Sonnets (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915). PR 6003 R4N5 1915b Robarts Library. See also Rupert Brooke, 1914 & Other Poems (London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1915): 12. PR 6003 R4N5 Robarts Library.
1Dear! of all happy in the hour, most blest
2    He who has found our hid security,
3Assured in the dark tides of the world that rest,
4    And heard our word, 'Who is so safe as we?'
5We have found safety with all things undying,
6    The winds, and morning, tears of men and mirth,
7The deep night, and birds singing, and clouds flying,
8    And sleep, and freedom, and the autumnal earth.
9We have built a house that is not for Time's throwing.
10    We have gained a peace unshaken by pain for ever.
11War knows no power. Safe shall be my going,
12    Secretly armed against all death's endeavour;
13Safe though all safety's lost; safe where men fall;
14And if these poor limbs die, safest of all.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
New Numbers (1915)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.