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SIEGFRIED SASSOON

b.1886

958                             In Me, Past, Present, Future meet

IN me, past, present, future meet
To hold long chiding conference.
My lusts usurp the present tense
And strangle Reason in his seat.
My loves leap through the futures fence
To dance with dream-enfranchised feet.
In me the cave-man clasps the seer,
And garlanded Apollo goes
Chanting to Abrahams deaf ear.
In me the tiger sniffs the rose.
  Look in my heart, kind friends, and tremble,
  Since there your elements assemble.

959                                            Everyone Sang

EVERYONE suddenly burst out singing;
And I was filld with such delight
As prisond birds must find in freedom
Winging wildly across the white
Orchards and dark-green fields; on; on; and out of sight.

Everyones voice was suddenly lifted,
And beauty came like the setting sun.
My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
Drifted away ... O but every one
Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

 

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