So ends a life, lived to the full alway, Thro' peace, thro' war, thro' honored peace again, From youth unto the closing of his day Lived simply. Yet a giant amid men Today steals quietly to seek his rest As quietly he lived, yet none his peer. In service of his land he gave his best And, in simplicity, found greatness here. Seeking no honor but his country's thanks, No man among us won a place more high. Comrade and leader where the myriad ranks Stand now with bended heads as John goes by. Ever a man, a soldier and a friend In every heart some echo of the knell That marks his passing throbs for this great end, Saying in requiem, "Pass, John, all is well."
"C. J. Dennis"
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