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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
140. To a Hero
 
By Oscar C. A. Child
 
 
WE may not know how fared your soul before
  Occasion came to try it by this test.
Perchance, it used on lofty wings to soar;
  Again, it may have dwelt in lowly nest.
 
We do not know if bygone knightly strain        5
  Impelled you then, or blood of humble clod
Defied the dread adventure to attain
  The cross of honor or the peace of God.
 
We see but this, that when the moment came
  You raised on high, then drained, the solemn cup—        10
The grail of death; that, touched by valor’s flame,
  The kindled spirit burned the body up.
 

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