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

Florence Earle Coates

In War-Time

An American Homeward-Bound

FURTHER and further we leave the scene

Of war—and of England’s care;

I try to keep my mind serene—

But my heart stays there;

For a distant song of pain and wrong

My spirit doth deep confuse,

And I sit all day on the deck, and long—

And long for news!

I seem to see them in battle-line—

Heroes with hearts of gold,

But of their victory a sign

The Fates withhold;

And the hours too tardy-footed pass,

The voiceless hush grows dense

’Mid the imaginings, alas!

That feed suspense.

Oh, might I lie on the wind, or fly

In the wilful sea-bird’s track,

Would I hurry on, with a homesick cry—

Or hasten back?