Sagas of Vaster Britain: Poems of the Race, the Empire and the Divinity of Man

by William Wilfred Campbell


 

THE SINGER


 

LIFE is too bitter
    Strife too strong;
Lackaday! lackaday!
    Dead is poor Song.

There in the mart

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    Of the thronging, teeming;
Dead in the dust,
    His gold locks gleaming.

Killed in the fray,
    With his glad heart broken;

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Never a sigh for him,
    Never a token

That the ill world cared;
    While with clamour and wrong
She lifts the brute victors

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    Of Mammon along.

Dead in the dust,
    With never a care for him;
Save some day the green wreath
    That the world’s heart will wear for him.

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When there ’mid her hours
    That are truest and latest,
She recalls, with dumb grieving,
    The voice of her greatest.