Poetry Forum Areas

Introduce Yourself

New to PoetrySoup? Introduce yourself here. Tell us something about yourself.

Looking for a Poem

Can't find a poem you've read before? Looking for a poem for a special person or an occasion? Ask other member for help.

Writing Poetry

Ways to improve your poetry. Post your techniques, tips, and creative ideas how to write better.

High Critique

For poets who want unrestricted constructive criticism. This is NOT a vanity workshop. If you do not want your poem seriously critiqued, do not post here. Constructive criticism only. PLEASE Only Post One Poem a Day!!!

How do I...?

Ask PoetrySoup Members how to do something or find something on PoetrySoup.

You have an ad blocker! We understand, but...

PoetrySoup is a small privately owned website. Our means of support comes from advertising revenue. We want to keep PoetrySoup alive, make it better, and keep it free. Please support us by disabling your ad blocker on PoetrySoup. See how to enable ads while keeping your ad blocker active. Also, did you know you can become a PoetrySoup Lifetime Premium Member and block ads forever...while getting many more great features. Take a look! Thank you!

All the Hills and Vales Along

 All the hills and vales along
 Earth is bursting into song,
 And the singers are the chaps
 Who are going to die perhaps.
O sing, marching men, Till the valleys ring again.
Give your gladness to earth's keeping, So be glad, when you are sleeping.
Cast away regret and rue, Think what you are marching to.
Little live, great pass.
Jesus Christ and Barabbas Were found the same day.
This died, that went his way.
So sing with joyful breath, For why, you are going to death.
Teeming earth will surely store All the gladness that you pour.
Earth that never doubts nor fears, Earth that knows of death, not tears, Earth that bore with joyful ease Hemlock for Socrates, Earth that blossomed and was glad 'Neath the cross that Christ had, Shall rejoice and blossom too When the bullet reaches you.
Wherefore, men marching On the road to death, sing! Pour your gladness on earth's head, So be merry, so be dead.
From the hills and valleys earth Shouts back the sound of mirth, Tramp of feet and lilt of sing Ringing all the road along.
All the music of their going, Ringing swinging glad song-throwing, Earth will echo still, when foot Lies numb and voice mute.
On, marching men, on To the gates of death with song.
Sow your gladness for earth's reaping, So you may be glad, though sleeping.
Strew your gladness on earth's bed, So be merry, so be dead.

Poem by
Biography | Poems | Best Poems | Short Poems | Quotes | Email Poem - All the Hills and Vales AlongEmail Poem | Create an image from this poem

Poems are below...

Top Charles Sorley Poems

Analysis and Comments on All the Hills and Vales Along

Provide your analysis, explanation, meaning, interpretation, and comments on the poem All the Hills and Vales Along here.