Author: Coningsby Dawson
Release Date: November 18, 2004 [EBook #14086]
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[Illustration: Lieutenant Coningsby Dawson Canadian Field Artillery]
LETTERS IN WAR TIME
WITH AN INTRODUCTION AND NOTES
When the war’s at an end
At length when the war’s
at an end
And we’re just ourselves,—you and I,
And we gather our lives up to mend,
We, who’ve learned how to live and to die:
Shall we think of the
For riches, or how to grow wise,
When, like Lazarus freshly arisen,
We’ve the presence of Death in our eyes?
Shall we dream of our
old life’s passion,—
To toil for our heart’s desire,
Whose souls War has taken to fashion
With molten death and with fire?
I think we shall crave the laughter
Of the wind through trees gold with the sun,
When our strife is all finished,—after
The carnage of War is done.
Just these things will then seem
How to make Life more wondrously sweet;
How to live with a song and a smile,
How to lay our lives at Love’s feet.
Sub. Lieut. R.N.V.R.
The letters in this volume were not written for publication. They are intimate and personal in a high degree. They would not now be published by those to whom they are addressed, had they not come to feel that the spirit and temper of the writer might do something to strengthen and invigorate those who, like himself, are called on to make great sacrifices for high causes and solemn duties.