The Great War

from A Crown of Amaranth, an electronic edition

Julian Grenfell.

BECAUSE of you we will be glad and gay,

Remembering you, we will be brave andstrong;

And hail the advent of each dangerous day,

And meet the great adventure with a song.

And, as you proudly gave your jewelled gift,

We'll give our lesser offering with a smile,

Nor falter on that path where, all too swift,

You led the way and leapt the golden stile.

Whether new paths, new heights to climb you find

Or gallop through the unfooted asphodel,

We know you know we shall not lag behind,

Nor halt to waste a moment on a tear;

And you will speed us onward with a cheer,

And wave beyond the stars that all is well.

(The Times, June 5th, 1915