Gilbert Keith Chesterton

(29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936 / London, England)

Elegy in a Country Churchyard


The men that worked for England
They have their graves at home:
And bees and birds of England
About the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England,
Following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
They have their graves afar.

And they that rule in England,
In stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England,
They have no graves as yet.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

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  • Donald Campbell (6/25/2008 10:46:00 AM)

    I have never come across this so simple poem before. It is as right for today as it was when he wrote it against the politicians of WW1. Tremendous. (Report) Reply

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