Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries


Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries, is perhaps the best known from his second poetry collection, Last Poems (1922). His best known volume was his first, A Shropshire Lad (1896).
Epitaph On An Army Of Mercenaries
Battle of Menin Road, wounded by side of the road, 1917
    These, in the day when heaven was falling,
    The hour when earthÂ’'s foundations fled,
    Followed their mercenary calling
    And took their wages and are dead.

    Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
    They stood, and earthÂ’'s foundations stay;
    What God abandoned, these defended,
    And saved the sum of things for pay.

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