Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, NEARER, by ROBERT MALISE BOWYER NICHOLS

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First Line: Nearer and ever nearer
Last Line: Receive this little breath.
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War

Nearer and ever nearer...
My body, tired but tense,
Hovers 'twixt vague pleasure
And tremulous confidence.

Arms to have and to use them
And a soul to be made
Worthy, if not worthy;
If afraid, unafraid.

To endure for a little,
To endure and have done:
Men I love about me,
Over me the sun!

And should at last suddenly
Fly the speeding death,
The four great quarters of heaven
Receive this little breath.

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