Will You?

World War 1 trench poem written by my Great Uncle,  Sapper Reginald Dickon Hall Royal Engineers, 4th East Yorkshire Regiment, in a copse of beech and wild cherry trees near the Ytres canal on Tuesday 1st May 1917.

Will You?

When thro leafy lanes you wander or by the hedgerow stray
And glimpses catch of rustling trees
Dimpled pond in evening breeze
Will you pause to ponder –
God’s gifts to you?

When you stand by mighty ocean shore
With white gull circling overhead
Rippled by wavelet the golden sand
Tall cliffs rising on every hand
Will you never adore these –
God’s gifts to you?

When in woodland paths you roam
By tall grey trunk of towering beech
Or hazel bloom just out o’ reach
Will you returning home
Your homage give for these –
God’s gifts to you?

When home you reach at eventide
Firelight flickering on the wall
And loving eyes and fairy dancing feet
Eagerly your entrance greet
Will you give thanks for best of all –
God’s gifts to you?

Will You?

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