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The Anxious Dead

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O guns, fall silent till the dead men hear
Above their heads the legions pressing on:
(These fought their fight in time of bitter fear,
And died not knowing how the day had gone.)

O flashing muzzles, pause, and let them see
The coming dawn that streaks the sky afar;
Then let your mighty chorus witness be
To them, and Caesar, that we still make war.
Tell them, O guns, that we have heard their call,
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Bella and Tamika 12 April 2018
That poem is lovely
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Aftab Alam Khursheed 27 February 2015
We must adopt and feel the cruelty we must not use guns to kill the innocent
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Pranab K Chakraborty 27 February 2015
Bid them be patient, and some day, anon, They shall feel earth enwrapt in silence deep; ... Beautiful expression to expose the tragedy of human civilization. Skilled craft indeed.
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Kim Barney 27 February 2015
The poet died around the time of WW One. I wonder if that was the war he was writing about or an earlier one? Well written. I enjoyed reading this one.
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Julie Miner 01 November 2007
Great poem. Having met a soilder who had seen heavy battle in Iraque it accuratly expresses thoughts they may have
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Neil Barry Haughey 12 November 2006
Extemely moving. Falls just short of 'In Flanders Fields'.
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