The Poem of a Prisoner of War, 1917

Original Text: 
S. de V. Julius, Verse ([Singapore:] Printed for Private Circulation by Fraser and Neave [1924]): 1. British Library 11642.h.52 Cf. S. de V. Julius, Poems (London: Longmans, 1928): 7. British Library 011644.eee.52
1I have been one of the fortunate ones of the Earth,
2Having gazed upon Beauty and Truth all my days,
3And I had no need to think or to write concerning them,
4But when Beauty and Truth were withdrawn from me
5I found I could no longer live without them,
6But I was obliged to keep them ever by my side,
7I therefore wrote of them, and to write I thought of them,
8And by thinking kept them with me and they stayed.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001