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Editor's Selection of Poems
How Steep the Brave!

by Walter de la Mare

Nay, nay, sweet England, do not grieve!  
  Not one of these poor men who died  
But did within his soul believe  
  That death for thee was glorified.  
  
Ever they watched it hovering near  
  That mystery ’yond thought to plumb,  
Perchance sometimes in loathèd fear  
  They heard cold Danger whisper, Come! -  
  
Heard and obeyed. O, if thou weep  
  Such courage and honour, beauty, care,  
Be it for joy that those who sleep  
  Only thy joy could share. 
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