26 MARCH 1927, Page 25

Brother Body

BODY, you have served MC well : I have been limber with youth and lissome with skill ;

My eyes have been swift to see, as my feet to run ;

I have played long games in the sun,

And danced by night with a will.

My heart has been cloudless, high As an April sky ; My lips have known song and laughter, And the only lips they would kiss : My spirit has loved its shell !

0 Body, I have been dafter

Than birds in spring with your bliss ; But, since there must come an end,

Ncriv do me this last grace ;

Let me not perish' piecemeal, at' slow pace