John McCrae


Of old, like Helen, guerdon of the strong -
Like Helen fair, like Helen light of word, -
"The spoils unto the conquerors belong.
Who winneth me must win me by the sword."

Grown old, like Helen, once the jealous prize
That strong men battled for in savage hate,
Can she look forth with unregretful eyes,
Where sleep Montcalm and Wolfe beside her gate?

James Wolfe was the general in charge of the British force which took the Canadian city of Quebec in 1759. General Montcalm was the leader of the French forces defending Quebec. They were both killed in the battle.