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

33. Before the Battle

MUSIC of whispering trees 
Hushed by a broad-winged breeze 
Where shaken water gleams; 
And evening radiance falling 
With reedy bird-notes calling.         5
O bear me safe through dark, you low-voiced streams. 
I have no need to pray 
That fear may pass away; 
I scorn the growl and rumble of the fight 
That summons me from cool  10
Silence of marsh and pool 
And yellow lilies is landed in light 
O river of stars and shadows, lead me through the night.

June 25th, 1916.



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