Sunday 15 November 2015

Between Midnight and Morning

You that have faith to look with fearless eyes
     Beyond the tragedy of a world at strife,
And trust that out of night and death shall rise
               The dawn of ampler life;

Rejoice, whatever anguish rend your heart,
     That God has given you, for a priceless dower,
To live in these great times and have your part
               In Freedom’s crowning hour.

That you may tell your sons who see the light
     High in the heaven, their heritage to take:—
“I saw the powers of darkness put to flight!
               I saw the morning break!”

O. S.

This poem appeared in Punch 16th December 1914 with the with the following preamble:
Lines for King Albert's Book, published to-day for the benefit of The Daily Telegraph’s Belgian Relief Fund.

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