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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.  1918.

23. The One-Legged Man

PROPPED on a stick he viewed the August weald; 
Squat orchard trees and oasts with painted cowls; 
A homely, tangled hedge, a corn-stalked field, 
And sound of barking dogs and farmyard fowls. 
And he’d come home again to find it more         5
Desirable than ever it was before. 
How right it seemed that he should reach the span 
Of comfortable years allowed to man! 
Splendid to eat and sleep and choose a wife, 
Safe with his wound, a citizen of life.  10
He hobbled blithely through the garden gate, 
And thought: ‘Thank God they had to amputate!’ 



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