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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
133. Lord Kitchener
 
By Robert Bridges
 
 
UNFLINCHING hero, watchful to foresee
  And face thy country’s peril wheresoe’er,
  Directing war and peace with equal care,
Till by long duty ennobled thou wert he
Whom England call’d and bade “Set my arm free        5
  To obey my will and save my honour fair,”—
  What day the foe presumed on her despair
And she herself had trust in none but thee:
 
Among Herculean deeds the miracle
  That mass’d the labour of ten years in one        10
  Shall be thy monument. Thy work was done
Ere we could thank thee; and the high sea swell
Surgeth unheeding where thy proud ship fell
  By the lone Orkneys, at the set of sun.
  June 8, 1916
 

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