Edward Verrall Lucas

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Edward Verrall Lucas (11/12 June 1868 – 26 June 1938) was a versatile and popular English writer. His nearly 100 books demonstrate great facility with style, and are generally acknowledged as humorous by contemporary readers and critics. Some of his essays about the sport cricket are still considered among the best instructional material. He is remembered best for his essays and books about London... more »

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  • ''There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy.''
    E.V. (Edward Verrall) Lucas (1868-1938), British journalist, essayist. Reading, Writing and Remembering, ch. 8 (1932).
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The Debt

No more, old England, will they see—
Those men who've died for you and me.

So lone and cold they lie; but we,
We still have life; we may still greet
Our pleasant friends in home and street;
We still have life, are able still
To climb the turf of Bignor Hill,
To see the placid sheep go by,
To hear the sheep-dog's eager cry,
To feel the sun, to taste the rain,
To smell the Autumn's scents again
Beneath the brown and gold and red
Which old October's brush has spread,
To hear the robin in the lane,
To look upon the English sky.

So young they ...

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