The Great War

from More Songs By the Fighting Men, an electronic edition

The Seers

THE Poets who have sung have not revealed

The great abiding purpose for which God

Has led again the Nations to the Field

Of Blood, through w^hich our fathers ofttimes trod.

And we must wait; for unto them alone

The Truth is naked who themselves, ahead

Of all their fellow-men, away have thrown

Their Life, and on the battlefield lie dead.

To them who thus to God have bared the Soul

Is shown the Truth, the Victory of Loss,

Of Sacrifice of all for God, the bowl

Which Jesus drained for man upon the Cross!

To them we turn, our lost, our best, our brave!

Yet should we hear though one rose from the grave

FRANCE, 1916.