The Great War

from Lest We Forget, an electronic edition

The New Spirit.

When England of the quiet heart

Flung back the covenant of shame,

A dignity of high resolve

Upon her councils came.

Freedom's old standard, long laid by

Shook out its tattered folds once more;

And rank on rank with steady eyes

Her sons went out to war.

Unbroken in these ancient fields

A Sabbath calm dwells in the air,

And men along the shady road

Go quietly to prayer.

Vial of wrath has burst the seal

Thrones fall and dominations cease;

The silent face of England wears

The dignity of peace.