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

13. Miracles

I DREAMT I saw a huge grey boat in silence steaming 
Down a canal; it drew the dizzy landscape after; 
The solemn world was sucked along with it—a streaming 
Land-slide of loveliness. O, but I rocked with laughter, 
Staring, and clinging to my tree-top. For a lake         5
Of gleaming peace swept on behind. (I mustn’t wake.) 
And then great clouds gathered and burst in spumes of green 
That plunged into the water; and the sun came out 
On glittering islands thronged with orchards scarlet-bloomed; 
And rosy-plumed flamingoes flashed across the scene...  10
O, but the beauty of their freedom made me shout... 
And when I woke I wondered where on earth I’d been. 



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