Verse > Siegfried Sassoon > The Old Huntsman and Other Poems

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

21. Stand-to: Good Friday Morning

I’D been on duty from two till four. 
I went and stared at the dug-out door. 
Down in the frowst I heard them snore. 
‘Stand to!’ Somebody grunted and swore. 
  Dawn was misty; the skies were still;         5
  Larks were singing, discordant, shrill; 
  They seemed happy; but I felt ill. 
Deep in water I splashed my way 
Up the trench to our bogged front line. 
Rain had fallen the whole damned night.  10
O Jesus, send me a wound to-day, 
And I’ll believe in Your bread and wine, 
And get my bloody old sins washed white! 



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