INTO BATTLE kn —)HE naked earth is warm with Spring And with green grass and bursting trees Leans to the suns gaze glorying And quivers in the sunny breeze And Life is Colour and Warmth and Light And a striving forevermore these And he is dead who will hot fight And who dies fighting has increase. The fighting man shall from the sun Take warmth and life from the glowing earth Speed with the light-foot winds to run And with the trees to newer birth And find when fighting shall be done Great rest and fullness after dearth. All the bright company of Heaven Hold him in their high comradeship The Dog-Star and the Sisters Seven Orions Belt and sworded hip. The woodland trees that stand together They stand to him each one a friend They gently speak in the windy weather They guide to valley and ridges end. The kestrel hovering by day And the little owls that call by night Bid him be swift and keen as they As keen of ear as swift of sight.
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