1914 V. The Soldier

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): 15. PR 6003 R4N5 Robarts Library.
1If I should die, think only this of me:
2    That there's some corner of a foreign field
3That is for ever England. There shall be
4    In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;
5A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,
6    Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam;
7A body of England's, breathing English air,
8    Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.
9And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
10    A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
11        Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
12Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
13    And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
14        In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
New Numbers (1915)
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1999.