The Great War

from The Man Who Saw, an electronic edition

To King Albert

RECEIVE, from one who hath not lavished praise

On many Princes, nor was ever awed

By Empire such as grovelling slaves applaud,

Who cast their souls into its altar-blaze,--

Receive the homage that a freeman pays

To Kinghood flowering out of Manhood broad,

Kinghood that toils uncovetous of laud,

Loves whom it rules, and serves the realm it sways.

For when Your people, caught in agony's net,

Rose as one dauntless heart, their King was found

Worthy on such a throne to have been set,

Worthy by such as They to have been crowned :

And loftier praise than this did never yet

On mortal ears from lips of mortals sound.