First World War Poetry: ‘Go Forth!’

During the First World War, the local newspaper the Evesham Journal, published a number of war poems including Go Forth! attributed to ‘E. Linor’:

Go forth, go forth to war,
Ye sons of England brave!
With willing hearts go forth,
Your Motherland to save.

Go forth, from cottage home,
From office, farm, or hall;
Go forth, an endless host,
Your country needs you all.

Go forth, with courage high,
With steadfast mind, and bold;
Go forth to do or die!
As did our sires of old.

Go forth, and if perchance,
On battlefield you fall;
With this thought close your eyes –
You followed duty’s call.

And though no grassy mound
Mark where your young form fell;
This be your epitaph –
“He nobly fought and well”.

We will remember them.

Broadway Remembers
13th June 2015

 

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