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Editor's Selection of Poems
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 faces, learning to walk.   
They'll soon forget their haunted nights; their cowed  
  Subjection to the ghosts of friends who died,-    
Their dreams that drip with murder; and they'll be proud   
  Of glorious war that shatter'd all their pride...   
Men who went out to battle, grim and glad;   
Children, with eyes that hate you, broken and mad. 

Craiglockart. October, 1917.    
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