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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
132. The Old Soldier
 
By Katharine Tynan
 
 
LEST the young soldiers be strange in heaven,
  God bids the old soldier they all adored
Come to Him and wait for them, clean, new-shriven,
  A happy doorkeeper in the House of the Lord.
 
Lest it abash them, the strange new splendour,        5
  Lest it affright them, the new robes clean;
Here’s an old face, now, long-tried, and tender,
  A word and a hand-clasp as they troop in.
 
“My boys,” he greets them: and heaven is homely,
  He their great captain in days gone o’er;        10
Dear is the friend’s face, honest and comely,
  Waiting to welcome them by the strange door.
 

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