Siegfried Sassoon
Absolution by Siegfried Sassoon

Absolution by Siegfried Sassoon

The anguish of the earth absolves our eyes Till beauty shines in all that we can see. War is our scourge; yet war has made us wise, And, fighting for our freedom, we are free. ...

0
Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Aftermath by Siegfried Sassoon

Have you forgotten yet?... For the world's events have rumbled on since those gagged days, Like traffic checked while at the crossing of city-ways: And the haunted gap in your ...

0
A Wanderer by Siegfried Sassoon

A Wanderer by Siegfried Sassoon

When Watkin shifts the burden of his cares And all that irked him in his bound employ, Once more become a vagrom-hearted boy, He moves to roundelays and jocund airs; Loitering ...

0
A Whispered Tale by Siegfried Sassoon

A Whispered Tale by Siegfried Sassoon

I’d heard fool-heroes brag of where they’d been, With stories of the glories that they’d seen. But you, good simple soldier, seasoned well In woods and posts and crater-lines of ...

0
The Dug-Out by Siegfried Sassoon

The Dug-Out by Siegfried Sassoon

Why do you lie with your legs ungainly huddled, And one arm bent across your sullen, cold, Exhausted face? It hurts my heart to watch you, Deep-shadowed from the candle's ...

0
Died Of Wounds by Siegfried Sassoon

Died Of Wounds by Siegfried Sassoon

His wet white face and miserable eyes Brought nurses to him more than groans and sighs: But hoarse and low and rapid rose and fell His troubled voice: he did the business well. ...

0
The General by Siegfried Sassoon

The General by Siegfried Sassoon

‘Good-morning; good-morning!’ the General said When we met him last week on our way to the line. Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of ’em dead, And we’re cursing his staff ...

0
A Child’s Prayer by Siegfried Sassoon

A Child’s Prayer by Siegfried Sassoon

For Morn, my dome of blue, For Meadows, green and gay, And Birds who love the twilight of the leaves, Let Jesus keep me joyful when I pray. For the big Bees that humAnd hide in ...

0
Alone by Siegfried Sassoon

Alone by Siegfried Sassoon

I’ve listened: and all the sounds I heard Were music,—wind, and stream, and bird. With youth who sang from hill to hill I’ve listened: my heart is hungry still. I’ve looked: the ...

0
Banishment by Siegfried Sassoon

Banishment by Siegfried Sassoon

I am banished from the patient men who fight They smote my heart to pity, built my pride. Shoulder to aching shoulder, side by side, They trudged away from life’s broad wealds of ...

0
“the Rank Stench Of Those Bodies Haunts Me Still” by Siegfried Sassoon

“the Rank Stench Of Those Bodies Haunts Me Still” by Siegfried Sassoon

The rank stench of those bodies haunts me stillAnd I remember things I'd best forget.For now we've marched to a green, trenchless landTwelve miles from battering guns: along the ...

0
Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon

Everyone Sang by Siegfried Sassoon

Everyone suddenly burst out singing;And I was filled with such delightAs prisoned birds must find in freedom,Winging wildly across the whiteOrchards and dark-green fields; ...

0
A Letter Home by Siegfried Sassoon

A Letter Home by Siegfried Sassoon

(To Robert Graves) I Here I'm sitting in the gloom Of my quiet attic room. France goes rolling all around, Fledged with forest May has crowned. And I puff my pipe, calm-hearted, ...

0
Does It Matter? by Siegfried Sassoon

Does It Matter? by Siegfried Sassoon

Does it matter? -losing your legs? For people will always be kind,And you need not show that you mindWhen others come in after huntingTo gobble their muffins and eggs.Does it ...

0
A Mystic As Soldier by Siegfried Sassoon

A Mystic As Soldier by Siegfried Sassoon

I lived my days apart, Dreaming fair songs for God; By the glory in my heart Covered and crowned and shod. Now God is in the strife,And I must seek Him there, Where death ...

0
Ancient History by Siegfried Sassoon

Ancient History by Siegfried Sassoon

Adam, a brown old vulture in the rain,Shivered below his wind-whipped olive-trees;Huddling sharp chin on scarred and scraggy knees,He moaned and mumbled to his darkening brain;‘He ...

0
Attack by Siegfried Sassoon

Attack by Siegfried Sassoon

AT dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun In the wild purple of the glow'ring sun, Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud The menacing scarred slope; and, one by ...

0
An Old French Poet by Siegfried Sassoon

An Old French Poet by Siegfried Sassoon

When in your sober mood my body have ye laid In sight and sound of things beloved, woodland and stream, And the green turf has hidden the poor bones ye deem No more a close ...

0
A Subaltern by Siegfried Sassoon

A Subaltern by Siegfried Sassoon

He turned to me with his kind, sleepy gaze And fresh face slowly brightening to the grin That sets my memory back to summer days, With twenty runs to make, and last man in. He ...

0
Conscripts by Siegfried Sassoon

Conscripts by Siegfried Sassoon

‘Fall in, that awkward squad, and strike no more Attractive attitudes! Dress by the right! The luminous rich colours that you wore Have changed to hueless khaki in the night. ...

0
Before The Battle by Siegfried Sassoon

Before The Battle by Siegfried Sassoon

Music of whispering trees Hushed by a broad-winged breeze Where shaken water gleams; And evening radiance falling With reedy bird-notes calling.O bear me safe through dark, you ...

0
Secret Music by Siegfried Sassoon

Secret Music by Siegfried Sassoon

I keep such music in my brain No din this side of death can quell; Glory exulting over pain, And beauty, garlanded in hell. My dreaming spirit will not heedThe roar of guns that ...

0
How To Die by Siegfried Sassoon

How To Die by Siegfried Sassoon

Dark clouds are smouldering into red While down the craters morning burns. The dying soldier shifts his head To watch the glory that returns; He lifts his fingers toward the skies ...

0
Autumn by Siegfried Sassoon

Autumn by Siegfried Sassoon

October's bellowing anger breaks and cleaves The bronzed battalions of the stricken wood In whose lament I hear a voice that grieves For battle’s fruitless harvest, and the feud ...

0
A Poplar And The Moon by Siegfried Sassoon

A Poplar And The Moon by Siegfried Sassoon

There stood a Poplar, tall and straight; The fair, round Moon, uprisen late, Made the long shadow on the grass A ghostly bridge ’twixt heaven and me. But May, with slumbrous ...

0
‘They’ by Siegfried Sassoon

‘They’ by Siegfried Sassoon

The Bishop tells us: 'When the boys come back'They will not be the same; for they'll have fought'In a just cause: they lead the last attack'On Anti-Christ; their comrades' blood ...

0
Ancestors by Siegfried Sassoon

Ancestors by Siegfried Sassoon

Behold these jewelled, merchant Ancestors, Foregathered in some chancellery of death; Calm, provident, discreet, they stroke their beards And move their faces slowly in the gloom, ...

0
At Daybreak by Siegfried Sassoon

At Daybreak by Siegfried Sassoon

I listen for him through the rain, And in the dusk of starless hours I know that he will come again; Loth was he ever to forsake me: He comes with glimmering of flowersAnd stir of ...

0
Glory Of Women by Siegfried Sassoon

Glory Of Women by Siegfried Sassoon

You love us when we're heroes, home on leave, Or wounded in a mentionable place. You worship decorations; you believe That chivalry redeems the war's disgrace. You make us shells. ...

0
Arms And The Man by Siegfried Sassoon

Arms And The Man by Siegfried Sassoon

Young Croesus went to pay his call On Colonel Sawbones, Caxton Hall: And, though his wound was healed and mended, He hoped he’d get his leave extended. The waiting-room was dark ...

0
A Working Party by Siegfried Sassoon

A Working Party by Siegfried Sassoon

Three hours ago he blundered up the trench, Sliding and poising, groping with his boots; Sometimes he tripped and lurched against the walls With hands that pawed the sodden bags ...

0
Repression Of War Experience by Siegfried Sassoon

Repression Of War Experience by Siegfried Sassoon

Now light the candles; one; two; there’s a moth; What silly beggars they are to blunder in And scorch their wings with glory, liquid flame— No, no, not that,—it’s bad to think of ...

0
Counter-Attack by Siegfried Sassoon

Counter-Attack by Siegfried Sassoon

We’d gained our first objective hours before While dawn broke like a face with blinking eyes, Pallid, unshaved and thirsty, blind with smoke. Things seemed all right at first. We ...

0
Arcady Unheeding by Siegfried Sassoon

Arcady Unheeding by Siegfried Sassoon

Shepherds go whistling on their way In the spring season of the year; One watches weather-signs of day; One of his maid most dear Dreams; and they do not hearThe birds that sing ...

0
Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon

Base Details by Siegfried Sassoon

If I were fierce, and bald, and short of breath I'd live with scarlet Majors at the Base, And speed glum heroes up the line to death. You'd see me with my puffy petulant face, ...

0
Memory by Siegfried Sassoon

Memory by Siegfried Sassoon

When I was young my heart and head were light, And I was gay and feckless as a colt Out in the fields, with morning in the may, Wind on the grass, wings in the orchard bloom. O ...

0
Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

'Jack fell as he'd have wished,' the Mother said,And folded up the letter that she'd read. 'The Colonel writes so nicely.' Something brokeIn the tired voice that quavered to a ...

0
Together by Siegfried Sassoon

Together by Siegfried Sassoon

Splashing along the boggy woods all day, And over brambled hedge and holding clay, I shall not think of him: But when the watery fields grow brown and dim, And hounds have lost ...

0
The Kiss by Siegfried Sassoon

The Kiss by Siegfried Sassoon

To these I turn, in these I trust; Brother Lead and Sister Steel. To his blind power I make appeal; I guard her beauty clean from rust. He spins and burns and loves the air, And ...

0
The Death-Bed by Siegfried Sassoon

The Death-Bed by Siegfried Sassoon

He drowsed and was aware of silence heapedRound him, unshaken as the steadfast walls;Aqueous like floating rays of amber light,Soaring and quivering in the wings of sleep.Silence ...

0
The Rear-Guard by Siegfried Sassoon

The Rear-Guard by Siegfried Sassoon

Groping along the tunnel, step by step, He winked his prying torch with patching glare From side to side, and sniffed the unwholesome air.Tins, boxes, bottles, shapes too vague to ...

0
In Me, Past, Present, Future Meet by Siegfried Sassoon

In Me, Past, Present, Future Meet by Siegfried Sassoon

In me, past, present, future meetTo hold long chiding conference.My lusts usurp the present tenseAnd strangle Reason in his seat.My loves leap through the future’s fenceTo dance ...

0
Survivors by Siegfried Sassoon

Survivors by Siegfried Sassoon

No doubt they’ll soon get well; the shock and strain Have caused their stammering, disconnected talk. Of course they’re ‘longing to go out again,’— These boys with old, scared ...

0
Lovers by Siegfried Sassoon

Lovers by Siegfried Sassoon

You were glad to-night: and now you’ve gone away. Flushed in the dark, you put your dreams to bed; But as you fall asleep I hear you say Those tired sweet drowsy words we left ...

0
The Poet As Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

The Poet As Hero by Siegfried Sassoon

You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented-- My ecstasies changed to an ugly cry. ...

0
Dead Musicians by Siegfried Sassoon

Dead Musicians by Siegfried Sassoon

IFrom you, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, The substance of my dreams took fire. You built cathedrals in my heart, And lit my pinnacled desire. You were the ardour and the ...

0
To Any Dead Officer by Siegfried Sassoon

To Any Dead Officer by Siegfried Sassoon

Well, how are things in Heaven? I wish you’d say, Because I’d like to know that you’re all right. Tell me, have you found everlasting day, Or been sucked in by everlasting night? ...

0
The Last Meeting by Siegfried Sassoon

The Last Meeting by Siegfried Sassoon

IBecause the night was falling warm and still Upon a golden day at April’s end, I thought; I will go up the hill once more To find the face of him that I have lost, And speak with ...

0
Devotion To Duty by Siegfried Sassoon

Devotion To Duty by Siegfried Sassoon

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 ...

0
Butterflies by Siegfried Sassoon

Butterflies by Siegfried Sassoon

Frail Travellers, deftly flickering over the flowers; O living flowers against the heedless blue Of summer days, what sends them dancing through This fiery-blossom’d revel of the ...

0
Best Selling BooksGrab Now!
+ +