Sir Herbert Read

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  • ''A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them.''
    Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968), British critic, poet. English Prose Style, ch. 13, Holt (1928).
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  • ''To fight without hope is to fight with grace,
    The self reconstructed, the false heart repaired.'''
    Sir Herbert Read (1893-1968), British poet. To a Conscript of 1940 (l. 32-33). . . Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.

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To A Conscript Of 1940

A soldier passed me in the freshly fallen snow,
His footsteps muffled, his face unearthly grey:
And my heart gave a sudden leap
As I gazed on a ghost of five-and-twenty years ago.

I shouted Halt! and my voice had the old accustom'd ring
And he obeyed it as it was obeyed
In the shrouded days when I too was one

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