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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  The Old Huntsman and Other Poems.  1918.

20. ‘They’

THE Bishop tells us: ‘When the boys come back 
‘They will not be the same; for they’ll have fought 
‘In a just cause: they lead the last attack 
‘On Anti-Christ; their comrades’ blood has bought 
‘New right to breed an honourable race,         5
‘They have challenged Death and dared him face to face.’ 
‘We’re none of us the same!’ the boys reply. 
‘For George lost both his legs; and Bill’s stone blind; 
‘Poor Jim’s shot through the lungs and like to die; 
‘And Bert’s gone syphilitic: you’ll not find  10
‘A chap who’s served that hasn’t found some change.’ 
And the Bishop said: ‘The ways of God are strange!’ 



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