Friday, September 19, 2014

Elegy in a Country Courtyard - G. K. Chesterton

The men that worked for England
They have their graves at home:
And birds and bees of England
About the cross can roam.

But they that fought for England,
Following a falling star,
Alas, alas for England
They have their graves afar.

And they that rule in England,
In stately conclave met,
Alas, alas for England
They have no graves as yet.

Equal parts sincere and quippy, Chesterton laments some dead, and laments that some others aren't dead.  Those who worked for England, who lived there, presumably honest people, they have become part of England, interred in its soil, part of its landscape.  Those who fought for England are sadly dead far from it, much to England's loss.  Those that rule it?  Alas for England, they're still alive!  A funny twist, and a common one from anyone fed up with politics.

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