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

8. Memorial Tablet


SQUIRE nagged and bullied till I went to fight, 
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell— 
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight, 
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell 
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell         5
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light. 
At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew, 
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare: 
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there; 
‘In proud and glorious memory’ ... that’s my due.  10
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire: 
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed. 
Once I came home on leave: and then went west... 
What greater glory could a man desire? 



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