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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Siegfried Sassoon. 1886–
 
143. Dreamers
 
SOLDIERS are citizens of death's gray land, 
  Drawing no dividend from time's to-morrows. 
In the great hour of destiny they stand, 
  Each with his feuds, and jealousies, and sorrows. 
Soldiers are sworn to action; they must win         5
  Some flaming, fatal climax with their lives. 
Soldiers are dreamers; when the guns begin 
  They think of firelit homes, clean beds, and wives. 
  
I see them in foul dug-outs, gnawed by rats, 
  And in the ruined trenches, lashed with rain,  10
Dreaming of things they did with balls and bats, 
  And mocked by hopeless longing to regain 
Bank-holidays, and picture shows, and spats, 
  And going to the office in the train. 
 
 
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