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Edmund Blunden

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

Poems of Edmund Blunden

21. The Midnight Skaters 1/3/2003
22. The Poor Man's Pig 4/3/2010
23. The Survival 1/3/2003
24. The Watchers 4/3/2010
25. The Zonnebeke Road 4/3/2010
26. Thiepval Wood 4/3/2010
27. To Joy 1/3/2003
28. Vlamertinghe: Passing the Chateau 1/3/2003

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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