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Believe It True

By "J.O.B.," an English soldier, circa WWI, dated 1917 A recovered love poem, with Poet's Notes by Beverly Stock Originally published on ClassicalPoets.org on July 23, 2019. It can be found here.

That you have made my world a wondrous garden

Fair with your lips, and glad with your eyes of blue

That you have wakened life’s song of gladness

Believe it true, dear, believe it true.

That I have found within that wondrous garden

All passing hours made beautiful and true

That my heart’s prayer is, God may bless you forever

Believe it true, I love, love but you.

The sun is shining somewhere beyond the night I know

The birds are singing somewhere and life with love aglow

There’s hope and gladness waiting beyond this time of care

For you and me. the golden sun is shining, love somewhere.

JOB

August 1917

Poet’s Notes:

Recovery:

My friend found this poem recently in a “English Bonne Heure Du Jour” antique desk, hand-written on the underside of a drawer. The desk has been passed down through three generations of her family. Appraisers estimate the desk could be original from the age of the Bronte Sisters.

The Message like many others, written in stolen, war-time moments, emphasizes that the need to stay connected to the homes and the loved ones left behind was paramount. I’m certain soldiers often found clever ways to impart information. However, this powerful and lovely message, so intensely and covertly delivered, inspires my imagination!


Beverly Stock is an American poet living in St. Louis. Her work has been published on ClassicalPoets.org, at theChainedMuse.com, on Persimmontree.Org, and on the Webzine Lighten Up Online.

Believe It True

By JOB, an English soldier, circa WWI, dated 1917 A recovered love poem, with Poet's Notes by Beverly Stock

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