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George Herbert Clarke, ed. (1873–1953).  A Treasury of War Poetry.  1917.
 
136. The Debt Unpayable
 
By F. W. Bourdillon
 
 
WHAT have I given,
  Bold sailor on the sea,
In earth or heaven,
  That you should die for me?
 
What can I give,        5
  O soldier, leal and brave,
Long as I live,
  To pay the life you gave?
 
What tithe or part
  Can I return to thee,        10
O stricken heart,
  That thou shouldst break for me?
 
The wind of Death
  For you has slain life’s flowers,
It withereth        15
  (God grant) all weeds in ours.
 

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