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

15. Devotion to Duty


I WAS near the King that day. I saw him snatch 
And briskly scan the G.H.Q. dispatch. 
Thick-voiced, he read it out. (His face was grave.) 
‘This officer advanced with the first wave, 
  
‘And when our first objective had been gained,         5
‘(Though wounded twice), reorganized the line: 
‘The spirit of the troops was by his fine 
‘Example most effectively sustained.’ 
  
He gripped his beard; then closed his eyes and said, 
‘Bathsheba must be warned that he is dead.  10
‘Send for her. I will be the first to tell 
‘This wife how her heroic husband fell.’ 


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