Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

Elegy In A Country Churchyard - Poem by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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.


Comments about Elegy In A Country Churchyard by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

  • (3/19/2019 11:36:00 AM)

    yea can`t figure it out, slightly different titles tho. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/8/2018 2:35:00 PM)

    Wrong poet! It was not G K Chesterton who wrote that piece of doggerel. It was a fellow by the name of Gray. (Report)Reply

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  • (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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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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