Complete Poetical Works

Author: Bret Harte


Within the camp they lie, the young, the brave,
Half knight, half schoolboy, acolytes of fame,
Pledged to one altar, and perchance one grave;
Bred to fear nothing but reproach and blame,
Ascetic dandies o’er whom vestals rave,
Clean-limbed young Spartans, disciplined young elves,
Taught to destroy, that they may live to save,
Students embattled, soldiers at their shelves,
Heroes whose conquests are at first themselves.


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Chicago: Bret Harte, "V," Complete Poetical Works in Complete Poetical Works (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed September 25, 2022,

MLA: Harte, Bret. "V." Complete Poetical Works, in Complete Poetical Works, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 25 Sep. 2022.

Harvard: Harte, B, 'V' in Complete Poetical Works. cited in 1850, Complete Poetical Works, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 September 2022, from