The Great War

from Lest We Forget, an electronic edition


The purpose for which this Anthology has been compiled is to aid the Queen Mary Needlework Guild, and it is earnestly hoped that so worthy an object, may secure for the book such a measure of success as will ensure a considerable addition being made to the Fund.

Among so many volumes of a similar nature it is inevitable that one or perhaps two poems should be duplicated, but in these cases their very excellence will doubtless save them from becoming hackneyed thereby.

I am under a heavy obligation to the various authors who have so generously placed their verses at my disposal, to the papers and reviews in which they have previously appeared, and also to the representatives of the late Mr. James Elroy Flecker for permission to reprint "God Save the King" (one of the last compositions from the pen of this gifted author); to the proprietors of "Punch" for their kind permission to reproduce the cartoons by Mr. Bernard Partridge, and to Mr. H. Haley, A.R.C.A., for the design on the title-page. With a further expression of gratitude, for the honour conferred on so modest a volume by the Baroness Orczy, in writing the Foreword, it remains for me only to hope that the book may prove as pleasing in the reading as it has been interesting in the preparation.

February, 1915.