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

37. In Barracks

THE barrack-square, washed clean with rain, 
Shines wet and wintry-grey and cold. 
Young Fusiliers, strong-legged and bold, 
March and wheel and march again. 
The sun looks over the barrack gate,         5
Warm and white with glaring shine, 
To watch the soldiers of the Line 
That life has hired to fight with fate. 
Fall out: the long parades are done. 
Up comes the dark; down goes the sun.  10
The square is walled with windowed light. 
Sleep well, you lusty Fusiliers; 
Shut your brave eyes on sense and sight, 
And banish from your dreamless ears 
The bugle’s dying notes that say,  15
‘Another night; another day.’ 



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