Katharine Tynan

(23 January 1861 - 2 Apirl 1931 / 23 January 1861 – 2 April 1931)

The Old Soldier - Poem by Katharine Tynan

Lest the young soldiers be strange in heaven,
God bids the old soldier they all adored
Come to Him and wait for them, clean, new-shriven,
A happy doorkeeper in the House of the Lord.

Lest it abash them, the strange new splendour,
Lest it affright them, the new robes clean;
Here's an old face, now, long-tried, and tender,
A word and a hand-clasp as they troop in.

'My boys,' he greets them: and heaven is homely,
He their great captain in days gone o'er;
Dear is the friend's face, honest and comely,
Waiting to welcome them by the strange door.


Comments about The Old Soldier by Katharine Tynan

  • Loyd C. Taylor, Sr. (5/21/2014 1:00:00 PM)


    Hello poet Katharine. I really loved your poem and you wrote with such a spiritual emphasis, well done. I posted a poem titled, An Old Soldier as well. I would love for you to check it out. Thanks, Loyd (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, April 14, 2010



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