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Poem by George William Russell


The Last Hero


WE laid him to rest with tenderness;
Homeward we turned in the twilights gold;
We thought in ourselves with dumb distress
All the story of earth is told.

A beautiful word at the last was said:
A great deep heart like the hearts of old
Went forth; and the speaker had lost the thread,
Or all the story of earth was told.

The dust hung over the pale dry ways
Dizzily fired with the twilights gold,
And a bitter remembrance blew in each face
How all the story of earth was told. 



George William Russell


George William Russell's other poems:
  1. Hope in Failure
  2. The Great Breath
  3. A New Being
  4. Childhood
  5. The Unknown God


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Gilbert Chesterton The Last Hero ("The wind blew out from Bergen from the dawning to the day")

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