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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Picture-Show.  1920.

10. Memory

WHEN I was young my heart and head were light, 
And I was gay and feckless as a colt 
Out in the fields, with morning in the may, 
Wind on the grass, wings in the orchard bloom. 
  O thrilling sweet, my joy, when life was free         5
  And all the paths led on from hawthorn-time 
  Across the carolling meadows into June. 
But now my heart is heavy-laden. I sit 
Burning my dreams away beside the fire: 
For death has made me wise and bitter and strong;  10
And I am rich in all that I have lost. 
  O starshine on the fields of long-ago, 
  Bring me the darkness and the nightingale; 
  Dim wealds of vanished summer, peace of home, 
  And silence; and the faces of my friends.  15



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