KIPLING, Rudyard. Recessional, Hymn Before Action, For All We Have & Are. London: Methuen, [c.1915].
3 x 8vo printed single folded cards (17 x 11cm approx), each comprising title with floral borders and advertisments to rear printed in black, with some light edge wear, Hymn Before Action particularly rubbed to upper cover.
These three poems in pamphlet form underline Kipling's increasing anxiety about Britain's imperial reputation and surety in the face of increasing hostility. The poem Recessional was written in celebration of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, and is best-known as the first appearance of the phrase ‘Lest We Forget’. It is sometimes used as a hymn during Remembrance Services.
Ephemeral items, scarce in any condition.