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Robert Graves (1895–1985).  Fairies and Fusiliers.  1918.
 
45. 1915
 
 
I’VE watched the Seasons passing slow, so slow,
In the fields between La Bassée and Bethune;
Primroses and the first warm day of Spring,
Red poppy floods of June,
August, and yellowing Autumn, so        5
To Winter nights knee-deep in mud or snow,
And you’ve been everything.
 
Dear, you’ve been everything that I most lack
In these soul-deadening trenches—pictures, books,
Music, the quiet of an English wood,        10
Beautiful comrade-looks,
The narrow, bouldered mountain-track,
The broad, full-bosomed ocean, green and black,
And Peace, and all that’s good.
 

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