COURAGE - Arthur Christopher Benson Poems


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I have been brave in my way,
    Though men did not call me brave;
They deem that I creep away,
    If ever a pennon wave
Over the flashing fray.

Yet I have lain through the night
    Shuddering, open-eyed,
Straining my aching sight
    To see what leant at my side,
Angel or sullen sprite.

Then in the haggard day, --
    Cruel and cold it shone, --
Sighing in sad dismay,
    I bind my armour on;
I have been brave, I say.