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

7. I Stood With the Dead

I STOOD with the Dead, so forsaken and still: 
When dawn was grey I stood with the Dead. 
And my slow heart said, ‘You must kill, you must kill: 
‘Soldier, soldier, morning is red’. 
On the shapes of the slain in their crumpled disgrace         5
I stared for a while through the thin cold rain... 
‘O lad that I loved, there is rain on your face, 
‘And your eyes are blurred and sick like the plain.’ 
I stood with the Dead ... They were dead; they were dead; 
My heart and my head beat a march of dismay:  10
And gusts of the wind came dulled by the guns. 
‘Fall in!’ I shouted; ‘Fall in for your pay!’ 



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