Robert William Service

(16 January 1874 - 11 September 1958 / Preston)

The Defeated


Think not because you raise
A gleaming sword,
That you will win to praise
Before the Lord.

And though men hail you great
Unto the skies,
Deem not 'twill ope' the gate
Of Paradise.

Though you have gold and gear
And fame and power,
What odds when you draw near
The Judgement Hour?

But if in bloody dust
Yet unafraid
You battle for the Just
With broken blade--

Then will the Lord look down
With eyes of love,
And you shall win a Crown
All price above.

Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Form:


Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: power, love, sky

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 (The Defeated by Robert William Service )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Trending Poets

Trending Poems

  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  3. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
  4. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  5. Dreams, Langston Hughes
  6. Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
  7. If, Rudyard Kipling
  8. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
  9. As I Grew Older, Langston Hughes
  10. Annabel Lee, Edgar Allan Poe

Poem of the Day

poet Oscar Wilde

(In memoriam
C. T. W.
Sometime trooper of the Royal Horse Guards
obiit H.M. prison, Reading, Berkshire
July 7, 1896)

I

He did not wear his scarlet coat,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Ruth Stone

 

Member Poem

New Poems

  1. Catch 22 on the Lake District hills., Dan Reynolds
  2. My Words, Fatima Nusairat
  3. Jesus And Gandhi: South And North Of Sam.., Saiom Shriver
  4. I Remember, Ronald Chapman
  5. The Flash Of The Brahman, Bazi alis Subrata Ray
  6. Chick Coalition, Saiom Shriver
  7. it's no surprise i'm weeping, just a lit.., Mandolyn ...
  8. Culmination, Angell Afinowi
  9. A Flowers Telling of Orpheus, Skyler Ryan
  10. West, GRANT FRASER
[Hata Bildir]