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Charles Hamilton Sorley

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

Quotations

  • ''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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Such, Such Is Death

Such, such is Death: no triumph: no defeat:
Only an empty pail, a slate rubbed clean,
A merciful putting away of what has been.

And this we know: Death is not Life, effete,
Life crushed, the broken pail. We who have seen
So marvellous things know well the end not yet.

Victor and vanquished are a-one in death:

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