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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953). A Treasury of War Poetry. 1917.


THE EDITOR desires to express his cordial appreciation of the assistance rendered him in his undertaking by the officials of the British Museum (Mr. F. D. Sladen, in particular); Professor W. Macneile Dixon, of the University of Glasgow; Professor Kemp Smith, of Princeton University; Miss Esther C. Johnson, of Needham, Massachusetts; and Mr. Francis Bickley, of London. He wishes also to acknowledge the courtesies generously extended by the following authors, periodicals, and publishers in granting permission for the use of the poems indicated, rights in which are in each case reserved by the owner of the copyright:—

Mr. Francis Bickley and the Westminster Gazette:—“The Players,”

Mr. F. W. Bourdillon and the Spectator:—“The Debt Unpayable.”

Dr. Robert Bridges and the London Times:—“Lord Kitchener,” and “To the United States of America.”

Mr. Dana Burnet and the New York Evening Sun:—“The Battle of Liege.”

Mr. Wilfred Campbell and the Ottawa Evening Journal:—“Langemarck at Ypres.”

Mr. Patrick R. Chalmers and Punch:—“Guns of Verdun.”

Mr. Cecil Chesterton and The New Witness:—“France.”

Mr. Oscar C. A. Child and Harper’s Magazine:—“To a Hero.”

Mr. Reginald McIntosh Cleveland and the New York Times:—“Destroyers off Jutland.”

Miss Charlotte Holmes Crawford and Scribner’s Magazine:—“Vive la France!”

Mr. Moray Dalton and the Spectator:—“Rupert Brooke.”

Lord Desborough and the London Times:—“Into Battle,” by the late Captain Julian Grenfell.

Professor W. Macneile Dixon and the London Times:—“To Fellow Travellers in Greece.”

Mr. Austin Dobson and the Spectator:—“‘When There Is Peace.’”

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the London Times:—“The Guards Came Through.”

Mr. John Finley and the Atlantic Monthly:—“The Road to Dieppe”; Mr. Finley, the American Red Cross, and the Red Cross Magazine:—“The Red Cross Spirit Speaks.”

Mr. John Freeman and the Westminster Gazette:—“The Return.”

Mr. Robert Frost and the Yale Review:—“Not to Keep.”

Mr. John Galsworthy and the Westminster Gazette:—“England to Free Men”; Mr. Galsworthy and the London Chronicle:—“Russia—America.”

Mrs. Theodosia Garrison and Scribner’s Magazine:—“The Soul of Jeanne d’Arc.”

Lady Glenconner and the London Times:—“Rome Thoughts from Laventie,” by the late Lieutenant E. Wyndham Tennant.

Mr. Robert Grant and the Nation (New York):—“The Superman.”

Mr. Hermann Hagedorn and the Century Magazine:—“Resurrection.”

Mr. James Norman Hall and the Spectator:—“The Cricketers of Flanders.”

Mr. Thomas Hardy and the London Times:—“Men Who March Away,” and “Then and Now.”

Mr. John Helston and the English Review:—“Kitchener.”

Mr. Maurice Hewlett:—“In the Trenches,” from Sing-Songs of the War (The Poetry Bookshop).

Dr. A. E. Hillard:—“The Dawn Patrol,” by Lieutenant Paul Bewsher.

Mrs. Katharine Tynan Hinkson:—“To the Others” and “The Old Soldier.”

Mrs. Florence T. Holt and the Atlantic Monthly:—“England and America.”

Mr. William Dean Howells and the North American Review:—“The Passengers of a Retarded Submersible.”

Lady Hutchinson:—“Sonnets,” by the late Lieutenant Henry William Hutchinson.

Mr. Robert Underwood Johnson:—“To Russia New and Free,” from Poems of War and Peace, published by the author.

Mr. Rudyard Kipling:—“The Choice”; “‘For All we Have and Are’”; and “The Mine-Sweepers.” (Copyright, 1915, by Rudyard Kipling.)

Captain James H. Knight-Adkin and the Spectator:—“No Man’s Land” and “On Les Aura!”

Sergeant Joseph Lee and the Spectator:—“German Prisoners.”

Mr. E. V. Lucas and the Sphere:—“The Debt.”

Mr. Walter de la Mare and the London Times:—“‘How Steep the Brave!’”; Mr. de la Mare and the Westminster Gazette:—“The Fool Rings his Bells.”

Mr. Edward Marsh, literary executor of the late Rupert Brooke:—“The Soldier” and “The Dead.”

Mr. Thomas L. Masson:—“The Red Cross Nurses,” from the Red Cross Magazine.

Lieutenant Charles Langbridge Morgan and the Westminster Gazette:—“To America.”

Sir Henry Newbolt:—“The Vigil”; “The War Films”; “The Toy Band,” and “A Letter from the Front.”

Mr. Alfred Noyes:—“Princeton, May, 1917”; “The Searchlights” (London Times), “A Prayer in Time of War” (London Daily Mail), and “Kilmeny.”

Mr. Will H. Ogilvie and Country Life:—“Canadians.”

Mr. Barry Pain and the London Times:—“The Kaiser and God.”

Miss Marjorie Pickthall and the London Times:—“Canada to England.”

Canon H. D. Rawnsley and the Westminster Gazette:—“At St. Paul’s, April 20, 1917.”

Dr. Charles Alexander Richmond:—“A Song.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Ronald Ross and the Poetry Review:—“The Death of Peace.”

Mr. Robert Haven Schauffler:—“The White Comrade.”

Mr. W. Snow and the Spectator:—“Oxford in War-Time.”

Mrs. Grace Ellery Channing Stetson and the New York Tribune:—“Qui Vive?”

Mr. Rowland Thirlmere and the Poetry Review:—“Jimmy Doane.”

Mrs. Ada Tyrrell and the Saturday Review:—“My Son.”

Dr. Henry van Dyke and the London Times:—“Liberty Enlightening the World,” and “Mare Liberum”; Dr. van Dyke and the Art World:—“The Name of France.”

Mr. Tertius van Dyke and the Spectator:—“Oxford Revisited in War-Time.”

Mrs. Edith Wharton:—“Belgium,” from King Albert’s Book (Hearst’s International Library Company).

Mr. George Edward Woodberry and the Boston Herald:—“On the Italian Front, MCMXVI”; Mr. Woodberry, the New York Times and the North American Review:—“Sonnets Written in the Fall of 1914.”

The Athenæum:—“A Cross in Flanders,” by G. Rostrevor Hamilton.

The Poetry Review:—“The Messines Road,” by Captain J. E. Stewart; “—But a Short Time to Live,” by the late Sergeant Leslie Coulson.

The Spectator:—“The Challenge of the Guns,” by Private A. N. Field.

The Westminster Gazette:—“Lines Written in Surrey, 1917,” by George Herbert Clarke.

Messrs. Barse & Hopkins:—“Fleurette,” by Robert W. Service.

The Cambridge University Press and Professor William R. Sorley:—“Expectans Expectavi”; “‘All the Hills and Vales Along,’” and “Two Sonnets,” by the late Captain Charles Hamilton Sorley, from Marlborough and Other Poems.

Messrs. Chatto & Windus:—“Fulfilment” and “The Day’s March,” by Robert Nichols, from Ardours and Endurances.

Messrs. Constable & Company:—“Pro Patria,” “Thomas of the Light Heart,” and “To Belgium in Exile,” by Sir Owen Seaman, from War-Time; “To France” and “Requiescant,” by Canon and Major Frederick George Scott, from In the Battle Silences.

Messrs. E. P. Dutton & Company:—“To a Soldier in Hospital” (the Spectator); “Chaplain to the Forces” and “The Spires of Oxford” (Westminster Gazette), by Winifred M. Letts, from Hallowe’en, and Poems of the War; “A Chant of Love for England,” by Helen Gray Cone, from A Chant of Love for England, and Other Poems (published also by J. M. Dent & Sons, Limited, London).

Lawrence J. Gomme:—“Italy in Arms,” by Clinton Scollard, from Italy in Arms, and Other Poems.

William Heinemann:—“To our Fallen” and “A Petition” (the London Times), by the late Lieutenant Robert Ernest Vernède.

Messrs. Houghton Mifflin Company:—“To the Belgians”; “Men of Verdun”; “The Anvil”; “Edith Cavell”; “The Healers” and “For the Fallen,” by Laurence Binyon, from The Cause (published also by Elkin Mathews, London, in The Anvil and The Winnowing Fan); “Headquarters,” by Captain Gilbert Frankau, from A Song of the Guns; “Place de la Concorde” and “In War-Time,” by Florence Earle Coates, from The Collected Poems of Florence Earle Coates; “Harvest Moon” and “Harvest Moon, 1916,” by Josephine Preston Peabody, from Harvest Moon; “The Mobilization in Brittany” and “The Journey,” by Grace Fallow Norton, from Roads, and “Rheims Cathedral—1914,” by Grace Hazard Conkling, from Afternoons of April.

John Lane:—“The Kaiser and Belgium,” by the late Stephen Phillips.

The John Lane Company:—“The Wife of Flanders,” by Gilbert K. Chesterton, from Poems (published also by Messrs. Burns and Oates, London); “The Soldier,” and “The Dead,” by the late Lieutenant Rupert Brooke, from The Collected Poems of Rupert Brooke (published also by Messrs. Sidgwick & Jackson, London, in 1914, and Other Poems).

Erskine Macdonald:—The following poems from Soldier Poets:—“The Beach Road by the Wood,” by Lieutenant Geoffrey Howard; “Before Action,” by the late Lieutenant W. N. Hodgson (“Edward Melbourne”); “Courage,” by Lieutenant Dyneley Hussey; “Optimism,” by Lieutenant A. Victor Ratcliffe; “The Battlefield,” by Major Sidney Oswald; “To an Old Lady Seen at a Guest-House for Soldiers,” by Corporal Alexander Robertson; “The Casualty Clearing Station,” by Lieutenant Gilbert Waterhouse; and “Hills of Home,” by Lance-Corporal Malcolm Hemphrey.

The Macmillan Company:—“To Belgium”; “Verdun”; “To a Mother,” and “Song of the Red Cross,” by Eden Phillpotts, from Plain Song, 1914–1916 (published also by William Heinemann, London); “The Island of Skyros,” by John Masefield; “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight,” from The Congo and Other Poems, by Vachel Lindsay; “O Glorious France,” by Edgar Lee Masters, from Songs and Satires; “Christmas, 1915,” from Poems and Plays, by Percy MacKaye; “The Hellgate of Soissons,” by Herbert Kaufman, from The Hellgate of Soissons; “Spring in War-Time,” by Sara Teasdale, from Rivers to the Sea; and “Retreat,” “The Messages,” and “Between the Lines,” by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson.

Messrs. Macmillan & Company:—“Australia to England,” by Archibald T. Strong, from Sonnets of the Empire, and “Men Who March Away,” by Thomas Hardy, from Satires of Circumstance.

Elkin Mathews:—“The British Merchant Service” (the Spectator), by C. Fox Smith, from The Naval Crown.

John Murray:—“The Sign,” and “The Trenches,” by Lieutenant Frederic Manning.

The Princeton University Press:—“To France,” by Herbert Jones, from A Book of Princeton Verse.

Messrs. Charles Scribner’s Sons:—“I Have a Rendezvous with Death,” and “Champagne, 1914–1915,” by the late Alan Seeger, from Poems.

Messrs. Sherman, French & Company:—“The William P. Frye” (New York Times), by Jeanne Robert Foster, from Wild Apples.

Messrs. Sidgwick & Jackson:—“We Willed It Not” (The Sphere), by John Drinkwater; “Three Hills” (London Times), by Everard Owen, from Three Hills, and Other Poems; “The Volunteer,” and “The Fallen Subaltern,” by Lieutenant Herbert Asquith, from The Volunteer, and Other Poems.

Messrs. Truslove and Hanson:—“A Mother’s Dedication,” by Margaret Peterson, from The Women’s Message.