them in England, if they ask,
What brought us to these wars,
To this plateau beneath the night's
Grave manifold of stars -
It was not fraud or foolishness,
Glory, revenge, or pay:
We came because our open eyes
Could see no other way.
Volunteer was published in Short Is The Time,
Poems 1936-1943 by C. Day Lewis.
University Press New York, 1945.