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1.
Anzac Cove
There’s a lonely stretch of hillocks:
There’s a beach asleep and drear:
There’s a battered broken fort beside the sea.
There are sunken trampled graves:
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2.
The Last To Leave
The guns were silent, and the silent hills
had bowed their grasses to a gentle breeze
I gazed upon the vales and on the rills,
And whispered, "What of these?' and "What of these?
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3.
Rendezvous
Long before the dawn breaks

With a bird's cry,
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4.
Before Action
We always had to do our work at night.
I wondered why we had to be so sly.
I wondered why we couldn't have our fight
Under the open sky.
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5.
Lemnos Harbour
The island sleeps,-but it has no delight
For em, to whom that sleep has been unkind.
My thoughts are long of what seems long ago,
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6.
The Attack At Dawn
‘At every cost,’ they said, ‘it must be done.’
They told us in the early afternoon.
We sit and wait the coming of the sun
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7.
The Jester In The Trench
"That just reminds me of a yarn," he said;

And look for the body of Lofty Lane
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8.
Bluebeard’s First Wife
I lie by the garden wall,
Buried and all alone;
The brown camellias fall
One by one on the stone.
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9.
A Night Attack
Be still. The bleeding night is in suspense
Of watchful agony and coloured thought,
And every beating vein and trembling sense,
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10.
Armageddon
The world rolls wet with blood,
and the skinny hand of Death
gropes at the beating heart.
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