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They shall not return to us, the resolute, the young,
The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:
But the men who left them thriftily to die in their own dung,
Shall they come with years and honour to the grave?

They shall not return to us; the strong men coldly slain
In sight of help denied from day to day:
But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain,
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Edward Halliday 21 October 2009
Yes, this is an eerily predictive poem, especially since Mesopotamia in 1917 is Iraq today. Were the world leaders of World War I really as stupid as George W Bush and Tony Blair?
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Olivia Morrissette 30 May 2009
This is a work for all times, not just 1917. Nearly took my breath away.
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