Poems from the Great War - 17 Poems donated by notable poets for National Relief during WWI - Various - ebook
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This collection of 17 Poems from the Great War represented the free offering of English poets to the cause of National Relief during WWI.Most of these poems appeared in the Press at the outbreak of WWI. Mr. Robert Bridges' (Poet Laureate 1913 – 1930) opening contribution, Mr. Henry Newbolt's, Mr. Maurice Hewlett's, Mr. R. E. Vernède's, Mr. Binyon's, were all printed in the Times during the few days immediately following the declaration of war, as also was the sonnet by Mr. William Watson. Sir Owen Seaman's poem came out originally in Punch, "The Hour" in the Daily Telegraph, "The United Front" in the Daily Mail. "We Willed it Not" is reprinted from the Sphere, "Duty" and "Commandeered" from the Westminster Gazette, and the poems by Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Cecil Chesterton from the New Witness. The New Weekly published the verses by Mr. John Freeman, and the Daily Chronicle those by Mr. Harold Begbie. The two hymns which close the collection are reprinted, by special permission of their authors, from volumes previously published.The original cover design, from which the current was developed, was contributed by Mr. William Nicholson (1872 – 1949).As the National Relief program was wound up in about 1923, the 33% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to the Royal British Legion for their continued work with Returned Servicemen.

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Poems of the great War

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Abela Publishing,

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2014

Paperback Edition

ISBN-13: 978-1-909302-77-8

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POEMS OF THEGREAT WAR

Orignally Published On Behalf Of The

PRINCE OF WALES'S NATIONALRELIEF FUNDFOURTH EDITIONChatto & Windus

LONDON[1914]

Resurrected by

Abela Publishing

Sandhurst, England

[2014]

33% of the net profit from the sale of this book will be donated to the

BRITISH LEGION

UPDATE 2014

The Prince of Wales National Relief Fund was wound up in the early 1920’s (see HansardHL Deb 18 April 1923 vol 53 cc714-24). As such Abela Publishing, the republishers of this little book, have selected THE BRITISH LEGION as the recipient of any funds raised through its sale. The British Legion have been providing assistance to returned servicemen since 1921.

DUTY.

Give gladly, you rich—'tis no more than you owe—For the weal of your Country, your wealth's overflow!Even I that am poor am performing my part;I am giving my brain, I am giving my heart.

William Watson

NOTE

This collection of War Poems, the net profits from which will be given to the Prince of Wales's Fund, represents the free offering of English poets to the cause of National Relief.

Most of the poems have appeared recently in the Press. Mr. Robert Bridges' opening contribution, Mr. Henry Newbolt's, Mr. Maurice Hewlett's, Mr. R. E. Vernède's, Mr. Binyon's, were all printed in the Times during the few days immediately following the declaration of war, as also was the sonnet by Mr. William Watson. Sir Owen Seaman's poem came out originally in Punch, "The Hour" in the Daily Telegraph, "The United Front" in the Daily Mail. "We Willed it Not" is reprinted from the Sphere, "Duty" and "Commandeered" from the Westminster Gazette, and the poems by Mr. Gilbert and Mr. Cecil Chesterton from the New Witness. The New Weekly published the verses by Mr. John Freeman, and the Daily Chronicle those by Mr. Harold Begbie. The two hymns which close the collection are reprinted, by special permission of their authors, from volumes previously published.

The publishers desire also to record their thanks to Mr. William Nicholson for the design which appears on the cover.

CONTENTS

PAGE

"Wake up, England"

Robert Bridges

10

The Vigil

Henry Newbolt

12

To the Troubler of the World

William Watson

15

To England: To Strike Quickly

Maurice Hewlett

17

The Fourth of August

Laurence Binyon

18

The United Front

Alfred Noyes

20

England to the Sea

R. E. Vernède

22

The Hour

J. B. Fagan

24

The Wife of Flanders

G. K. Chesterton

26

The Stars in their Courses

John Freeman

28