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A Foreign Field



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Here’s a story that could (I thought) only be explained by being dated April 1. It wasn’t – and the Congresswoman should be ashamed of herself.

As to her suggestion that these American dead are not currently buried in “patriotic” soil, Rep. Brown-Waite needs to read these words by Rupert Brooke. Brooke, an English poet who died whilst on active service during World War I, had this to say about the last resting place of a soldier killed overseas. He was writing, of course, about an English soldier rather than an American, but the truth of his words is not confined to any one nationality:

“If I should die, think only this of me:


That there’s some corner of a foreign field


That is for ever England. There shall be


In that rich earth a richer dust concealed;


A dust whom England bore, shaped, made aware,


Gave, once, her flowers to love, her ways to roam,


A body of England’s, breathing English air,


Washed by the rivers, blest by suns of home.”




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