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John McCrae (Джон Маккрей)


Mine Host


There stands a hostel by a travelled way;
Life is the road and Death the worthy host;
Each guest he greets, nor ever lacks to say,
”How have ye fared?” They answer him, the most,
”This lodging place is other than we sought;
We had intended farther, but the gloom
Came on apace, and found us ere we thought:
Yet will we lodge. Thou hast abundant room.”

Within sit haggard men that speak no word,
No fire gleams their cheerful welcome shed;
No voice of fellowship or strife is heard
But silence of a multitude of dead.
”Naught can I offer ye,” quoth Death, ”but rest!”
And to his chamber leads each tired guest.



John McCrae's other poems:
  1. The Harvest of the Sea
  2. Equality
  3. In Due Season
  4. Unsolved
  5. Disarmament


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