Favourite Poems – The Soldier

As we approach the time of year when people remember those service men and women who paid the ultimate price in wars down the years the most famous words of the poet Rupert Brooke. 1887–1915 are recited.

Word that come from one of my favourite poems The Soldier.

It is well worth reading the whole of the poem.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

The Soldier



IF I should die, think only this of me;

That there’s some corner of a foreign field

That is for ever England. There shall be 

In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;

A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,        

Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,

A body of England’s breathing English air, 

Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home. 

And think, this heart, all evil shed away, 

A pulse in the eternal mind, no less  

Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given; 

Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day; 

And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,

 In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.