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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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Barbury Camp

We burrowed night and day with tools of lead,
Heaped the bank up and cast it in a ring
And hurled the earth above. And Caesar said,
"Why, it is excellent. I like the thing."
We, who are dead,
Made it, and wrought, and Caesar liked the thing.

And here we strove, and here we felt each vein
Ice-bound, each limb fast-frozen, all night long.

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