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

34. Everyone Sang

EVERYONE suddenly burst out singing; 
And I was filled with such delight 
As prisoned birds must find in freedom, 
Winging wildly across the white 
Orchards and dark-green fields; on—on—and out of sight.         5
Everyone’s voice was suddenly lifted; 
And beauty came like the setting sun: 
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror 
Drifted away ... O, but Everyone 
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.  10



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