PEACE to-night, heroic spirit!"Requiem for a Young Soldier" by Florence Earle Coates. Published in Scribner's Magazine (November 1915) and in Poems (1916) Volume II.
Pain is overpast.
All the strife with life is ended;
You may rest at last.
The devotion that, amazing,
Welled from out the deep
Of your being, no more needed,
Quiet you may sleep:
Sleep, who, giving all for others,
Battled till the victory nigh,
You, too, toil and heart-break over,
Had the right to die! . . .
We may guard the grave that holds you,
As a shrine of Truth
Lighted by the pure devotion
Of your radiant youth;
We, you died for, may forget you!
You will have no care,
Who, content, to-night are sleeping—
Painless, dreamless, there!
|British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a colleague|
near Cape Helles where the Gallipoli landings took place
(19 November 1915)