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

32. Secret Music


I KEEP such music in my brain 
No din this side of death can quell; 
Glory exulting over pain, 
And beauty, garlanded in hell. 
  
My dreaming spirit will not heed         5
The roar of guns that would destroy 
My life that on the gloom can read 
Proud-surging melodies of joy. 
  
To the world’s end I went, and found 
Death in his carnival of glare;  10
But in my torment I was crowned, 
And music dawned above despair. 


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