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J. C. Squire, ed.  A Book of Women’s Verse.  1921.
The Soldier’s Death
By Anne, Countess of Winchilsea (1660–1720)
  TRAIL all your pikes, dispirit every drum,
  March in a slow procession from afar,
  Ye silent, ye dejected men of war!
  Be still the hautboys, and the flute be dumb!
  Display no more, in vain, the lofty banner;        5
  For see! where on the bier before ye lies
  The pale, the fall’n, the untimely sacrifice
To your mistaken shrine, to your false idol Honour.

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