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Forever England by ChrisRawlins Forever England by ChrisRawlins
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.

And think, this heart, all evil shed away,
A pulse in the eternal mind, no less
Gives somewhere back the thoughts by England given;
Her sights and sounds; dreams happy as her day;
And laughter, learnt of friends; and gentleness,
In hearts at peace, under an English heaven.

Rupert Brooke: The War Sonnets
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Starrstryke Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Writer
Thank you for introducing me to this poem. It is without a doubt one of the best I have ever read. 
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CanveySue Featured By Owner May 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Moving depiction
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englandsdreaming Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Wonderful. Really emotive. I always find that ''the loss of war'' is a subject particularly rich in Art, however terrible it is.
And one of my favourite poems too? My, good work.
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RubiaLetterman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
I love that poem so much, it is beautiful and amazing.... if I were to die for a country it would indeed be England.
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Cosmic-girl88 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
absolutely brilliant! fantastic pic
Cosmic*
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megaphonnic Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
a beautiful poem for a beautiful country
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Wisker Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
Nice feeling of emotion and sweet idea.
Pretty wicked. Like the sense of age coming thro on the photo.
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
where do you get your photographs? its not you is it? :D
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ChrisRawlins Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
Hah - No it's not me. The images come from all over the place. Mostly just Google image search. It's the most laborious part of creating these images. Finding the right pics takes hours. The guy in this pic is made up of several images. The head, hands torso are all from different people and stuck together. It was impossible to find a picture of a dead Tommy in colour, let alone from this perspective. Re-enactment sites are pretty good for finding peole in military uniforms.
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GeneralVyse Featured By Owner May 30, 2007
heh, or you could own one like me :D well if you need dead tommies for the future, i might make some stocks like that, another guy wants similar, but its not easy to do well....

as for your pic, you'd never know! it's really convincing! let me guess though, the khaki chums were involved right? :D
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