Lines for January 20th

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Lines for January 20th
written by John Masefield
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Beyond the river-side
The frozen fields stretch wide
To where the beech-clumps bide,
Leafless and still,
In snow upon the hill:
I think of One who died.

He was my Ruler, He;
He was most good to me;
Now that I reckon well
The tale I have to tell,
Thinking of Him
My old eyes become dim

So that I cannot see.

(19 January 1940)

Note: This marked the fourth anniversary of the death of George V

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