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

54. At Daybreak

I LISTEN for him through the rain, 
And in the dusk of starless hours 
I know that he will come again; 
Loth was he ever to forsake me: 
He comes with glimmering of flowers         5
And stir of music to awake me. 
Spirit of purity, he stands 
As once he lived in charm and grace: 
I may not hold him with my hands, 
Nor bid him stay to heal my sorrow;  10
Only his fair, unshadowed face 
Abides with me until to-morrow. 



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