Here you will find the Poem After The Battle of poet Richard Chenevix Trench
WE crown?d the hard-won heights at length, Baptiz?d in flame and fire; We saw the foeman?s sullen strength, That grimly made retire? Saw close at hand, then saw more far Beneath the battle-smoke The ridges of his shatter?d war, That broke and ever broke. But one, an English household?s pride, Dear many ways to me, Who climb?d that death-path by my side, I sought, but could not see. Last seen, what time our foremost rank That iron tempest tore; He touch?d, he scal?d the rampart bank? Seen then, and seen no more. One friend to aid, I measur?d back With him that pathway dread; No fear to wander from our track? Its waymarks English dead. Light thicken?d: but our search was crown?d, As we too well divin?d; And after briefest quest we found What we most fear?d to find. His bosom with one death-shot riven, The warrior-boy lay low; His face was turn?d unto the heaven, His feet unto the foe. As he had fallen upon the plain, Inviolate he lay; No ruffian spoiler?s hand profane Had touch?d that noble clay. And precious things he still retain?d, Which, by one distant hearth, Lov?d tokens of the lov?d, had gain?d A worth beyond all worth. I treasur?d these for them who yet Knew not their mighty wo; I softly seal?d his eyes, and set One kiss upon his brow. A decent grave we scoop?d him, where Less thickly lay the dead, And decently compos?d him there Within that narrow bed. O theme for manhood?s bitter tears: The beauty and the bloom Of less than twenty summer years Shut in that darksome tomb! Of soldier-sire the soldier-son; Life?s honor?d eventide One lives to close in England, one In maiden battle died: And they, that should have been the mourn?d, The mourners? parts obtain: Such thoughts were ours, as we return?d To earth its earth again. Brief words we read of faith and prayer Beside that hasty grave; Then turn?d away, and left him there, The gentle and the brave: I calling back with thankful heart, With thoughts to peace allied, Hours when we two had knelt apart Upon the lone hillside; And, comforted, I prais?d the grace Which him had led to be An early seeker of that Face Which he should early see.