The Great War

from A Treasury of War Poetry, an electronic edition

"Hark! now the Drums beat up again,

For all true Soldiers Gentlemen!"

-- Corporal John Brown, Grenadier Guards, 1854.

"Life is no life to him that dares not die,

And death no death to him that dares not live."

-- Sir Henry Newbolt.

"We saw not clearly nor understood,

But, yielding ourselves to the master-hand,

Each in his part as best he could,

We played it through as the author planned."

-- Alan Seeger.