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Andrew Macphail, comp.  The Book of Sorrow.  1916.
XXIX. The Happy Dead
By Maurice Baring (1874–1945)
I SAW you starting for another war,
The emblem of adventure and of youth,
So that men trembled, saying: ‘He forsooth
Has gone, has gone, and shall return no more.’
And then out there, they told me you were dead,        5
Taken and killed; how was it that I knew,
Whatever else was true, that was not true?
And then I saw you pale upon your bed,
Scarcely two years ago, when you were sent
Back from the margin of the dim abyss;        10
For Death had sealed you with a warning kiss,
And let you go to meet a nobler fate:
To fight for hearth and home, O fortunate,
To die in battle with your regiment.

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