Collected Poems 1897 - 1907 eBook

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We are sojourners here as all our fathers were,
  As all our children shall be, forgetting and forgot: 
The fame of man is a murmur that passeth on the air,
  We perish indeed if Thou remember not.

We are sojourners here as all our fathers were,
  Strangers travelling down to the land of death: 
There is neither work nor device nor knowledge there,
  O grant us might for our labour, and to rest in faith.


In joy, in the joy of the light to be,


  O Father of Lights, unvarying and true,


Let us build the Palace of Life anew.


  Let us build for the years we shall not see.


Lofty of line and glorious of hue,
With gold and pearl and with the cedar tree,


  With silence due
  And with service free,


Let us build it for ever in splendour new.


  Let us build in hope and in sorrow, and rest in Thee.


Drake’s Drum.

A state drum, painted with the arms of Sir Francis Drake, is preserved among other relics at Buckland Abbey, the seat of the Drake family in Devon.

The Fighting Temeraire.

The two last stanzas have been misunderstood.  It seems, therefore, necessary to state that they are intended to refer to Turner’s picture in the National Gallery of “The Fighting Temeraire Tugged to her Last Berth.”

San Stefano.

Sir Peter Parker was the son of Admiral Christopher Parker, grandson of Admiral Sir Peter Parker (the life-long friend and chief mourner of Nelson), and great-grandson of Admiral Sir William Parker.  On his mother’s side he was grandson of Admiral Byron, and first cousin of Lord Byron, the poet.  He was killed in action near Baltimore in 1814, and buried in St. Margaret’s, Westminster, where may be seen the monument erected to his memory by the officers of the Menelaus.

The Quarter-Gunner’s Yarn.

This ballad is founded on fragmentary lines communicated to the author by Admiral Sir Windham Hornby, K.C.B., who served under Sir Thomas Hardy in 1827.

Vae Victis.

See Livy, XXX.,43, Diodorus Siculus, XIX., 106.


In 1780, while attempting to relieve Arcot, a British force of three thousand men was cut to pieces by Hyder Ali.  Baird, then a young captain in the 73rd, was left for dead on the field.  He was afterwards, with forty-nine other officers, kept in prison at Seringapatam, and treated with Oriental barbarity and treachery by Hyder Ali and his son Tippoo Sahib, Sultans of Mysore.  Twenty-three of the prisoners died by poison, torture, and fever; the rest were surrendered in 1784.  In 1799, at the siege of Seringapatam, Major-General Baird commanded the first European brigade, and volunteered to lead the storming column.  Tippoo Sahib, with eight thousand of his men, fell in the assault, but the victor spared the lives of his sons and forbade a general sack of the city.

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