Edmund Blunden

(1 November 1896 – 20 January 1974 / London / England)

Edmund Blunden Poems

1. Vlamertinghe: Passing the Chateau 1/3/2003
2. To Joy 1/3/2003
3. Thiepval Wood 4/3/2010
4. The Zonnebeke Road 4/3/2010
5. The Watchers 4/3/2010
6. The Survival 1/3/2003
7. The Poor Man's Pig 4/3/2010
8. The Midnight Skaters 1/3/2003
9. The Giant Puff-Ball 4/3/2010
10. The Child's Grave 4/3/2010
11. The Ancre at Hamel: Afterwards 4/3/2010
12. Report on Experience 1/3/2003
13. Preparations For Victory 1/3/2003
14. Premature Rejoicing 1/3/2003
15. Pill-Box 4/3/2010
16. Pillbox 4/3/2010
17. Perch Fishing 4/3/2010
18. Harvest 1/3/2003
19. Forefathers 1/3/2003
20. First Rhymes 4/3/2010

Preparations For Victory

My soul, dread not the pestilence that hags
The valley; flinch not you, my body young.
At these great shouting smokes and snarling jags
Of fiery iron; as yet may not be flung
The dice that claims you. Manly move among
These ruins, and what you must do, do well;
Look, here are gardens, there mossed boughs are hung
With apples who bright cheeks none might excel,
And there's a house as yet unshattered by a shell.

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