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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
16. Lines Written in Surrey, 1917
By George Herbert Clarke
A SUDDEN swirl of song in the bright sky—
  The little lark adoring his lord the sun;
  Across the corn the lazy ripples run;
Under the eaves, conferring drowsily,
Doves droop or amble; the agile waterfly        5
  Wrinkles the pool; and flowers, gay and dun,
  Rose, bluebell, rhododendron, one by one,
The buccaneering bees prove busily.
Ah, who may trace this tranquil loveliness
  In verse felicitous?—no measure tells;        10
But gazing on her bosom we can guess
  Why men strike hard for England in red hells,
Falling on dreams, ’mid Death’s extreme caress,
  Of English daisies dancing in English dells.


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