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(19 May 1895 – 13 October 1915 / Aberdeen, Scotland)

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  • ''Strew your gladness on earth's bed,
    So be merry, so be dead.''
    Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915), Scottish poet. All the Hills and Vales Along (l. 43-44). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''Earth that bore with joyful ease
    Hemlock for Socrates,
    Earth that blossomed and was glad
    'Neath the cross that Christ had,
    Shall rejoice and blossom too
    When the bullet reaches you.''
    Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915), Scottish poet. All the Hills and Vales Along (l. 21-26). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
  • ''All the hills and vales along
    Earth is bursting into song,
    And the singers are the chaps
    Who are going to die perhaps.''
    Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915), Scottish poet. All the Hills and Vales Along (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.

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Expectans Expectavi

From morn to midnight, all day through,
I laugh and play as others do,
I sin and chatter, just the same
As others with a different name.

And all year long upon the stage
I dance and tumble and do rage
So vehemently, I scarcely see
The inner and eternal me.

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