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The Poets & The War XXXIII

By G.M. Chaplin.
The War Illustrated, Volume 3, No. 57, Page 364, October 4, 1940.

(Written in a Fire Station Watchroom during a raid)

When in the after years the tale is told
Of these strange days while Britain stands at bay,
Holding the pass as, at Thermopylae,
Leonidas then write the names in gold,
Along with Dunkirk, Narvik, and the rest
Of Bermondsey, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, Bow,
Wapping and Rotherhithe; who stood the test
Of total war, nor flinched beneath the blow.

The people of the little streets stood firm
And Britain stands. Remember this, Mayfair,
Whitehall and City, when at last the term
Is set to battle; think then of the share
So bravely borne, our freedom to defend,
By front line folk of Borough and East End.

Daily Telegraph

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