poet Rupert Brooke

Rupert Brooke

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1914 I: Peace

Now, God be thanked Who has watched us with His hour,
And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping,
With hand made sure, clear eye, and sharpened power,
To turn, as swimmers into cleanness leaping,
Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary,
Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move,
And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary,
And all the little emptiness of love!

Oh! we, who have known shame, we have found release there,
Where there's no ill, no grief, but sleep has mending,
Naught broken save this body, lost but breath;
Nothing to shake the laughing heart's long peace there
But only agony, and that has ending;
And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baelloCynthia Buhain-baello (5/2/2020 12:40:00 AM)

    a very profound and spiritually revealing poem on the grace and the mercy of God and the peace it brings after. Excellent writing.

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  • english teacher (9/25/2018 5:24:00 AM)

    you have misquoted - Now God be thanked who had matched us with this hour is I believe the correct version

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  • Walterrean Salley (11/16/2016 7:48:00 PM)

    (1914 I: Peace - Poem by Rupert Brooke.) Enjoyed reading. Shows peace from an anachronistic point of view.

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  • DANIEL OLOTU (9/15/2016 7:38:00 AM)

    Add a comment. An epitome of the stark reality of life.a piece of writing with grim conscience underlying every word.hats off! and a stiff salute for this.

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/25/2015 5:48:00 AM)

    There are pessimistic feeling and philosophical points in the poem and it is great.

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  • Birgitta Abimbola HeikkaBirgitta Abimbola Heikka (3/30/2014 10:00:00 AM)

    A philosophical poem about life.

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  • Kebe Iwara (3/29/2012 4:52:00 AM)

    Emotion is not left behind. Nice

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  • Lehlogonolo PhoraLehlogonolo Phora (3/29/2012 3:05:00 AM)

    a very beautiful poem to kick start a day here in South Africa

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baelloCynthia Buhain-baello (3/28/2012 9:22:00 PM)

    This poem is a wonderful example of an excellent message and the bonus is - it is so well-written!

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  • Tanveer SharmaTanveer Sharma (3/28/2012 12:25:00 AM)

    wonderful job. I really appreciate it.

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  • Devon McElveen (3/28/2011 8:55:00 AM)

    I always enjoy the poem of the day...

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  • Joseph Poewhit (3/28/2010 5:56:00 AM)

    Real dour poem of the foreboding coming of WW 1.

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (3/28/2010 2:39:00 AM)

    The poem reflects the mood of World War I in the way poet feels about it! Horrible time is devoid of love and the love shown is empty is very much striking!

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  • Kevin StrawKevin Straw (3/28/2009 8:04:00 AM)

    'all the little emptiness of love' - what a horrid phrase!

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  • Jenny Doughty (12/17/2006 6:14:00 PM)

    A poem very much of its time - but there's a typo here. The first line should read 'Now, God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour, ' not 'watched', which makes no sense if you think about it.

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  • Deandrea Bailey (3/28/2005 3:05:00 PM)

    I like this poem keep them comimg

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