To The Memory Of Field-Marshall Earl Roberts

He died, as soldiers die, amid the strife,
Mindful of England in his latest prayer;
God, of His love, would have so fair a life
Crowned with a death as fair.

He might not lead the battle as of old,
But, as of old, among his own he went,
Breathing a faith that never once grew cold,
A courage still unspent.

So was his end; and, in that hour, across
The face of War a wind of silence blew,
And bitterest foes paid tribute to the loss
Of a great heart and true.

But we who loved him, what have we to lay
For sign of worship on his warrior-bier?
What homage, could his lips but speak to-day,
Would he have held most dear?

Not grief, as for a life untimely reft;
Not vain regret for counsel given in vain;
Not pride of that high record he has left,
Peerless and pure of stain;

But service of our lives to keep her free,
The land he served; a pledge above his grave
To give her even such a gift as he,
The soul of loyalty, gave.

That oath we plight, as now the trumpets swell
His requiem, and the men-at-arms stand mute,
And through the mist the guns he loved so well
Thunder a last salute!

by Sir Owen Seaman

Comments (2)

'...the play that comes before the fore': ha ha ha! ! Oh, Gersh, amongst your many other talents, you are a natural comedian. I'm not blind to the shallowness of the speaker here though (Adam through the ages) . But I rather think that this is the whole point to the story. And I've enjoyed it. Gina.
Rhyming starless with carless... oh carless love! This is quite an essay, Gershon. I enjoyed it.