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

27. Died of Wounds


HIS wet white face and miserable eyes 
Brought nurses to him more than groans and sighs: 
But hoarse and low and rapid rose and fell 
His troubled voice: he did the business well. 
  
The ward grew dark; but he was still complaining         5
And calling out for ‘Dickie’. ‘Curse the Wood! 
‘It’s time to go. O Christ, and what’s the good? 
‘We’ll never take it, and it’s always raining.’ 
  
I wondered where he’d been; then heard him shout, 
‘They snipe like hell! O Dickie, don’t go out...  10
I fell asleep ... Next morning he was dead; 
And some Slight Wound lay smiling on the bed. 


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