Members Who Read Most Number Of Poems

Live Scores

Click here to see the rest of the list

(30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 / Bombay)

Listen to this poem:
What do you think this poem is about?

For Example: love, art, fashion, friendship and etc.

Edgehill Fight

Naked and grey the Cotswolds stand
Beneath the summer sun,
And the stubble fields on either hand
Where Sour and Avon run.
There is no change in the patient land
That has bred us every one.

She should have passed in cloud and fire
And saved us from this sin
Of war--red war--'twixt child and sire,
Household and kith and kin,
In the heart of a sleepy Midland shire,
With the harvest scarcely in.

But there is no change as we meet at last
On the brow-head or the plain,
And the raw astonished ranks stand fast
To slay or to be slain
By the men they knew in the kindly past
That shall never come again--

By the men they met at dance or chase,
In the tavern or the hall,
At the justice bench and the market place,
At the cudgel play or brawl--
Of their own blood and speech and race,
Comrades or neighbors all!

More bitter than death this day must prove
Whichever way it go,
For the brothers of the maids we love
Make ready to lay low
Their sisters' sweethearts, as we move
Against our dearest foe.

Thank Heaven! At last the trumpets peal
Before our strength gives way.
For King or for the Commonweal--
No matter which they say,
The first dry rattle of new-drawn steel
Changes the world today!

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003


Read poems about / on: change, war, justice, dance, strength, today, summer, child, red, fire, heaven, death, sun, world, brother, sister, thanks, children, running

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (A Dedication to Soldiers Three by Rudyard Kipling )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

People who read Rudyard Kipling also read

Top 500 Poems

[Hata Bildir]