Arthur Conan Doyle ( )


The Guards Came Through (1919). 2. Victrix


How was it then with England?
	Her faith was true to her plighted word,
	Her strong hand closed on her blunted sword,
	Her heart rose high to the foeman's hate,
	She walked with God on the hills of Fate
		And all was well with England.

How was it then with England?
	Her soul was wrung with loss and pain,
	Her face was grey with her heart's-blood drain,
	But her falcon eyes were hard and bright,
	Austere and cold as an ice-cave's light
		And all was well with England.

How was it then with England?
	Little she said to foe or friend,
	True, heart true, to the uttermost end,
	Her passion cry was the scathe she wrought,
	In flame and steel she voiced her thought
		And all was well with England.

How was it then with England?
	With drooping sword and bended head,
	She turned apart and mourned her dead,
	Sad sky above, sad earth beneath,
	She walked with God in the Vale of Death
		Ah, woe the day for England!

How is it now with England?
	She sees upon her mist-girt path
	Dim drifting shapes of fear and wrath.
	Hold high the heart! Bend low the knee!
	She has been guided, and will be
		And all is well with England. 



Arthur Conan Doyle's other poems:
  1. The Guards Came Through (1919). 12. The Bigot
  2. The Guards Came Through (1919). 11. The Wreck on Loch McGarry
  3. Songs of the Road (1911). 17. Man's Limitation
  4. The Guards Came Through (1919). 20. Retrospect
  5. Songs of the Road (1911). 12. Bendy's Sermon


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