The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

Epitaph for the Unknown Soldier

WITHIN this nation-hallowed tomb

An unknown soldier lies asleep,

Symbolic comrade of all those

Who, on the land, on sea, in air,

In that red death across the seas,

Sealed with their blood the sacred truths

For which our country ever stands:

That righteousness is all the law--

That justice is true government--

Man's liberty the gift of God.

In memory of the faith they kept,

Here through the ages all the land

As honor guard on watch will stand!