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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
W. M. Letts. 1887–
 
151. The Spires of Oxford
 
I SAW the spires of Oxford 
  As I was passing by, 
The grey spires of Oxford 
  Against the pearl-grey sky. 
My heart was with the Oxford men         5
  Who went abroad to die. 
  
The years go fast in Oxford, 
  The golden years and gay, 
The hoary Colleges look down 
  On careless boys at play.  10
But when the bugles sounded war 
  They put their games away. 
  
The left the peaceful river, 
  The cricket-field, the quad, 
The shaven lawns of Oxford,  15
  To seek a bloody sod— 
They gave their merry youth away 
  For country and for God. 
  
God rest you, happy gentlemen, 
  Who laid your good lives down,  20
Who took the khaki and the gun 
  Instead of cap and gown. 
God bring you to a fairer place 
  Than even Oxford town. 
 
 
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