Edmund Blunden

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

Edmund Blunden Poems

1. Preparations For Victory 1/3/2003
2. Report on Experience 1/3/2003
3. The Midnight Skaters 1/3/2003
4. 1916 seen from 1921 1/3/2003
5. Forefathers 1/3/2003
6. The Survival 1/3/2003
7. Harvest 1/3/2003
8. At Senlis Once 1/3/2003
9. Premature Rejoicing 1/3/2003
10. Chinese Paper Knife 11/19/2003
11. Can you Remember? 4/3/2010
12. The Child's Grave 4/3/2010
13. The Zonnebeke Road 4/3/2010
14. The Watchers 4/3/2010
15. Vlamertinghe: Passing the Chateau 1/3/2003
16. A Country God 4/3/2010
17. Perch Fishing 4/3/2010
18. Almswomen 4/3/2010
19. The Ancre at Hamel: Afterwards 4/3/2010
20. To Joy 1/3/2003

Report on Experience

I have been young, and now am not too old;
And I have seen the righteous forsaken,
His health, his honour and his quality taken.
This is not what we were formerly told.

I have seen a green country, useful to the race,
Knocked silly with guns and mines, its villages vanished,
Even the last rat and the last kestrel banished -
God bless us all, this was peculiar grace.

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