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A bit of Housman for poetry month. - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
A bit of Housman for poetry month.

Epitaph on an Army of Mercenaries


These, in the day when heaven was falling,

The hour when earth’s foundations fled,

Followed their mercenary calling,

And took their wages, and are dead.


Their shoulders held the sky suspended;

They stood, and earth’s foundations stay;

What God abandoned, these defended,

And saved the sum of things for pay.



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From: (Anonymous) Date: April 15th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mystery poem identified

Thank you, Wemyss! I read this poem years and years ago (in an anthology called "Other Men's Flowers", I believe) and have never been able to find it again since I didn't know the name of the author. Until now.

It made quite an impact on me at the time of reading, because it's so unusual to find anything written about mercenaries that does not vilify their calling (well, except Arthur Conan Doyle's "The White Company"), and also because it's a darn good poem. As always, your taste in literature is impeccable. *smile*

Belated Happy Easter regards,

wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 17th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC) (Link)


Thanks, dear, glad to have been of service.
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