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English Poetry. Edgar Albert Guest. Memorial Day. Эдгар Альберт Гест.






Edgar Albert Guest (Эдгар Альберт Гест)

Memorial Day

The finest tribute we can pay
Unto our hero dead to-day,
Is not a rose wreath, white and red,
In memory of the blood they shed;
It is to stand beside each mound,
Each couch of consecrated ground,
And pledge ourselves as warriors true
Unto the work they died to do.

Into God's valleys where they lie
At rest, beneath the open sky,
Triumphant now o'er every foe,
As living tributes let us go.
No wreath of rose or immortelles
Or spoken word or tolling bells
Will do to-day, unless we give
Our pledge that liberty shall live.

Our hearts must be the roses red
We place above our hero dead;
To-day beside their graves we must
Renew allegiance to their trust;
Must bare our heads and humbly say
We hold the Flag as dear as they,
And stand, as once they stood, to die
To keep the Stars and Stripes on high.

The finest tribute we can pay
Unto our hero dead to-day
Is not of speech or roses red,
But living, throbbing hearts instead,
That shall renew the pledge they sealed
With death upon the battlefield:
That freedom's flag shall bear no stain
And free men wear no tyrant's chain.

Edgar Albert Guest’s other poems:

  1. The Truth about Envy
  2. On Quitting
  3. The Handy Man
  4. To the Humble
  5. When Nellies’ on the Job

Poems of other poets with the same name (Стихотворения других поэтов с таким же названием):

  • Joyce Kilmer (Джойс Килмер) Memorial Day («The bugle echoes shrill and sweet»)




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