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"The Pomp of Yesterday" »


By Joseph Hocking

World War, 1914-1918 – Fiction ‌ Methodist Church – Great Britain – Fiction

“The Pomp of Yesterday”

by

Joseph Hocking

Author of ’All for a Scrap of Paper,’ ’Dearer than Life,’ ’The Curtain of Fire,’ etc.

“Far famed our Navies melt away,
On dune and headland sinks the fire,
Lo, all the pomp of yesterday
Is one with Nineveh and Tyre.
God of the Nations, spare us yet!
Lest we forget, lest we forget.”

RUDYARD KIPLING.

Hodder and Stoughton
London –– New York –– Toronto

JOSEPH HOCKING’S GREAT WAR STORIES

ALL FOR A SCRAP OF PAPER
THE CURTAIN OF FIRE
DEARER THAN LIFE
THE PRICE OF A THRONE
THE PATH OF GLORY
’THE POMP OF YESTERDAY’
TOMMY
TOMMY AND THE MAID OF ATHENS

OTHER STORIES BY JOSEPH HOCKING

Facing Fearful Odds
O’er Moor and Fen
The Wilderness
Rosaleen O’Hara
The Soul of Dominic Wildthorne
Follow the Gleam
David Baring
The Trampled Cross

“Let us never forget in all that we do, that the measure of our ultimate success will be governed, largely if not mainly, by the strength with which we put our religious convictions into our action and hold fast firmly and fearlessly to the faith of our forefathers.”

Extract of speech by General Sir William Robertson.

March 2, 1918.

CONTENTS

CHAP.

I THE MAN WITHOUT A PAST
II SIR ROGER GRANVILLE’S SUGGESTION
III THE STRANGE BBHAVIOUR OF GEORGE ST. MABYN
IV I MEET CAPTAIN SPRINGFIELD
V HOW A MAN WORKED A MIRACLE
VI PAUL EDGECUMBE’S MEMORY
VII A CAUSE OF FAILURE
VIII I BECOME AN EAVESDROPPER
IX EDGECUMBE is MISSING
X THE STRUGGLE IN THE TRENCHES
XI EDGECUMBE’S STORY
XII THE STRUGGLE ON THE SOMME
XIII EDGECUMBE’S MADNESS
XIV EDGECUMBE’S LOGIC
XV DEVONSHIRE
XVI LORNA BOLIVICK’S HOME
XVII A NEW DEVELOPMENT
XVIII A TRAGIC HAPPINESS
XIX A MYSTERIOUS ILLNESS
XX A STRANGE NIGHT
XXI COLONEL MCCLURE’S VERDICT
XXII EDGECUMBE’S RESOLVE
XXIII SPRINGFIELD’S PROGRESS
XXIV A STRANGE LOVE—MAKING
XXV ’WHY IS VICTORY DELAYED?’
XXVI ’WHERE DOES GOD COME IN?’
XXVII SEEING LONDON
XXVIII SUNSHINE AND SHADOW
XXIX CROSS CURRENTS
XXX THE MARCH OF EVENTS
XXXI EDGECUMBE’S RETURN
XXXII THE GREAT MEETING
XXXIII THE LIFTED CURTAIN
XXXIV MEMORY
XXXV AFTERWARDS
XXXVI EDGECUMBE’S RESOLUTION
XXXVII MAURICE ST. MABYN
XXXVIII A BOMBSHELL
XXXIX SPRINGFIELD AT BAY
XL MAURICE ST. MABYN’S GENEROSITY
XLI THE NEW HOPE
XLII AN UNFINISHED STORY

FOREWORD

It is now fast approaching four years since our country at the call of duty, and for the world’s welfare entered the great struggle which is still convulsing the nations of the earth. What this has cost us, and what it has meant to us, and to other countries, it is impossible to describe. Imagination reels before the thought. Still the ghastly struggle continues, daily comes the story of carnage, and suffering, and loss; and still the enemy who stands for all that is basest, and most degraded in life, stands firm, and proudly vaunts his prowess.

Why is Victory delayed?

That is the question which has haunted me for many months, and I have asked myself whether we, and our Allies, have failed in those things which are essential, not only to Victory, but to a righteous and, therefore, lasting peace.

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