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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Two Sonnets


I

SAINTS have adored the lofty soul of you.
Poets have whitened at your high renown.
We stand among the many millions who
Do hourly wait to pass your pathway down.

You, so familiar, once were strange: we tried

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