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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Counter-Attack and Other Poems.  1918.

15. Fight to a Finish

THE boys came back. Bands played and flags were flying, 
  And Yellow-Pressmen thronged the sunlit street 
To cheer the soldiers who’d refrained from dying, 
  And hear the music of returning feet. 
‘Of all the thrills and ardours War has brought,         5
This moment is the finest.’ (So they thought.) 
Snapping their bayonets on to charge the mob, 
  Grim Fusiliers broke ranks with glint of steel, 
At last the boys had found a cushy job.
    .    .    .    .
  I heard the Yellow-Pressmen grunt and squeal;  10
And with my trusty bombers turned and went 
To clear those Junkers out of Parliament. 



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