To My Brother by Vera Brittain

To My Brother was published in Brittain’s collection, Verses of a V.A.D. in 1918.

(In memory of July 1st, 1916)

Your battle-wounds are scars upon my heart,
Received when in that grand and tragic “show”
You played your part
Two years ago,
And silver in the summer morning sun
I see the symbol of your courage glow—
That Cross you won
Two years ago.
Though now again you watch the shrapnel fly,
And hear the guns that daily louder grow,
As in July
Two years ago,
May you endure to lead the Last Advance
And with your men pursue the flying foe
As once in France
Two years ago.

Captain E. H. Brittain, M.C.
Written four days before his death in action
in the Austrian offensive on the Italian Front
June 15th, 1918.


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