Verse > Anthologies > George Herbert Clarke, ed. > A Treasury of War Poetry
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
105. To an Old Lady Seen at a Guest-House for Soldiers
 
By Alexander Robertson
 
 
QUIET thou didst stand at thine appointed place,
There was no press to purchase—younger grace
Attracts the youth of valour. Thou didst not know,
Like the old, kindly Martha, to and fro
To haste. Yet one could say, “In thine I prize        5
The strength of calm that held in Mary’s eyes.”
And when they came, thy gracious smile so wrought
They knew that they were given, not that they bought.
Thou didst not tempt to vauntings, and pretence
Was dumb before thy perfect woman’s sense.        10
Blest who have seen, for they shall ever see
The radiance of thy benignity.
 

CONTENTS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors