Siegfried Sassoon: “They”

THEY

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 has bought
‘New right to breed an honourable race,
‘They have challenged Death and dared him face to face.’

‘We’re none of us the same!’ the boys reply.
‘For George lost both his legs; and Bill’s stone blind;
‘Poor Jim’s shot through the lungs and like to die;
‘And Bert’s gone syphilitic: you’ll not find
‘A chap who’s served that hasn’t found some change.’
And the Bishop said: ‘The ways of God are strange!’

Siegfried Sassoon (8 September 1886)

Image: Ruinas (Xul Solar, 1950) courtesy of Museo Xul Solar

~ by matt on 8 September 2008.

2 Responses to “Siegfried Sassoon: “They””

  1. This poem has such great form. Yet, the ways are strange, indeed.

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