John McCrae

The Oldest Drama

        "It fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers.
        And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad,
        Carry him to his mother. And . . . he sat on her knees till noon,
        and then died. And she went up, and laid him on the bed. . . .
        And shut the door upon him and went out."

Immortal story that no mother's heart
    Ev'n yet can read, nor feel the biting pain
That rent her soul! Immortal not by art
    Which makes a long past sorrow sting again

Like grief of yesterday: but since it said
    In simplest word the truth which all may see,
Where any mother sobs above her dead
    And plays anew the silent tragedy.

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About the poet
John McCrae
By the same poet
In Flanders Fields
The Anxious Dead
The Warrior
The Unconquered Dead
The Captain
The Song of the Derelict
Then and Now
The Hope of My Heart
Slumber Songs
Mine Host
The Dead Master
The Harvest of the Sea
The Dying of Pere Pierre
Upon Watts' Picture "Sic Transit"
A Song of Comfort
The Pilgrims
The Shadow of the Cross
The Night Cometh
In Due Season
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