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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
48. The War Films
 
By Henry Newbolt
 
 
O LIVING pictures of the dead,
  O songs without a sound,
O fellowship whose phantom tread
  Hallows a phantom ground—
How in a gleam have these revealed        5
  The faith we had not found.
 
We have sought God in a cloudy Heaven,
  We have passed by God on earth:
His seven sins and his sorrows seven,
  His wayworn mood and mirth,        10
Like a ragged cloak have hid from us
  The secret of his birth.
 
Brother of men, when now I see
  The lads go forth in line,
Thou knowest my heart is hungry in me        15
  As for thy bread and wine;
Thou knowest my heart is bowed in me
  To take their death for mine.
 

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