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    Matched with His hour

    Hello,

    In watching a documentary about The Great War, I heard lines written by one Rupert Brooke.

    "God be thanked Who has matched us with His hour, And caught our youth, and wakened us from sleeping."

    Can anybody explain to me what the author means by "He matched us with His hour"?

    Thank you very much.
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    Re: Matched with His hour

    Oy. It might be the kind of thing William Shakespeare was talking about when he wrote: "[I]t is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."

    In other words, it sounds good but doesn't actually mean much literally.

    Maybe it should have been "in this hour."

    Can anyone else help with this one?
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    Re: Matched with His hour

    You'll find a footnoted version of this poem here. The site says "matched us - made us suitable to take part in these thrilling times." Brooke wrote the poem in 1914, before the horrors of the trenches had set in.
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    Re: Matched with His hour

    PS -

    I just read it. It's from a poem. Your quotation is right. He's being poetic.

    From the whole poem, he seems to be thanking God for giving sleepy Britons, whose world is "old and cold and weary" a war to fight. Brooke's God is warlike, so Brooke calls war "His [God's] hour."

    Again, I might be making a hash of it. Does anyone else have a clear answer?
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    Re: Matched with His hour

    Ahah! It looks like GoesStation found something! The version I found wasn't annotated. Good job, as always, GS!
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