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LORD KITCHENER, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Unflinching hero, watchful to foresee
Last Line: By the lone orkneys, at the set of sun.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bridges, Robert+(2)
Subject(s): Kitchener, Horatio, 1st Earl (1850-1916); World War I - Casualties

Unflinching hero, watchful to foresee
And face thy country's peril wheresoe'er,
Directing war and peace with equal care,
Till by long toil ennobled thou wert he
Whom England call'd and bade 'Set my arm free
To obey my will and save my honour fair'—
What day the foe presumed on her despair
And she herself had trust in none but thee:

Among Herculean deeds the miracle
That mass'd the labour of ten years in one
Shall be thy monument. Thy work is done
Ere we could thank thee; and the high sea-swell
Surgeth unheeding where thy proud ship fell
By the lone Orkneys, at the set of sun.

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