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English Poetry. Alice Meynell. To Conscripts. Элис Мейнелл.

Alice Meynell (Элис Мейнелл)

To Conscripts

 "Compel them to come in." — ST. LUKE'S GOSPEL

You "made a virtue of necessity"
    By divine sanction; you, the loth, the grey,
The random, gentle, unconvinced; O be
    The crowned!—you may, you may.

You, the compelled, be feasted! You, the caught,
    Be freemen of the gates that word unlocks!
Accept your victory from that unsought,
    That heavenly paradox.

Alice Meynell’s other poems:

  1. To O——, of Her Dark Eyes
  2. “The Return to Nature”
  3. In Early Spring
  4. The Visiting Sea
  5. After a Parting

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