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'. By SIEiiiTiIED SASSOOIf \ j filar? ef Women , •v - * •, ! j bou io\-& ii-" vr_.'en were heroes, j iiyrne c- : ;v leave, j '< Or wound-eel -i_ a mentionable place, j j You worship -uec'-yrations;. you believe j ! That €hiva!r;.- redeems the war's dbs- | ! grace, __ j j You make shell;?. You listen with I delight. * ■ J !By tales -of dirt and danger fondly! j You crown c»-iir distard' ardours vvhile j j we fight.. I And mo ur*'- our laurelled memories ! when 3>vo'r_- killed. ! You can't believs that British troops j "retire-" j When hell's horror breaks them, ■ and they run. • I Trampling the terrible corpses—blind I with folooi. ! O CkT-ftjau BKith-er ireamlng hj tha I ih'i\ j Willie yo'M »£ kisiitli'Ji.g' socks to send ! s'omr -S'C»ri j His Sai'fc as Ir&cldf'-n deeper in t3ie 1 1 „■■ •<s> -■» a' jsteiiKc mm .Jrriaay mm i I'd been o„ duty from two till four. I I went n_d stared" at the dug-out door., Down, in the .rowst I heard them |.nore;; ' ''B!arid%»;' v grunted and ! Dawn vi&s ~d?ty; the skies were i BLill;\ j La-rk.-3 wste singing, discordant, j shrill; \. i They seeraed"%appy; but I felt ill. - Deep in water \ sploshed my way Up the trench to\our bogged front Hue, %, ; Rain had lall-ir. tivk whole, damned I night. \_ - j O Jesus, -seao. ,_\e a woftod to-day, j And 111 believe In Yonh. bread and ! wine, \ ' J.rA get. raj bloody old siirtj washed j

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TWO WAR POEMS, Maoriland Worker, Volume 12, Issue 243, 12 October 1921

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TWO WAR POEMS Maoriland Worker, Volume 12, Issue 243, 12 October 1921

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