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The Fiery Cross: An Anthology of War Poems, an electronic edition

by Mabel C. Edwards and Mary Booth, eds. [Edwards, Mabel C. and Booth, Mary]

date: [1915]
source publisher: [Grant Richards Ltd.]
collections: World War I, Early 20th Century Literature

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Gifts
To QUEEN ELISABETH OF THE BELGIANS.

From the Mother of John the Baptist.
"WHEN all my fruitful years were done,
God breathed on me His gracious breath;
And I conceived and bore a son;
I, even I, Elisabeth.GG

Courage I give you, and the calm
With which I faced my childless years;
I give you too a healing grace,
The balm of hero-mourning tears."

From St Elisabeth.
"I, who was mated to a brute;
I give you charity and grace;
A healing power from you shall flow
To all who look upon your face."

From Elizabeth of England.
"The mighty Virgin-queen was I;
Who reigned supreme on land and sea;
I give you of the mettle high
That made my people great and free."

From Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
"And I, whose fire-tipped tongue did tell
My message to a waiting world,
I give you power to walk thro' Hell,
And find your garment-hem unsoiled."