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The Day Of Battle

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"Far I hear the bugle blow
To call me where I would not go,
And the guns begin the song,
'Soldier, fly or stay for long.'

"Comrade, if to turn and fly
Made a soldier never die,
Fly I would, for who would not?
'Tis sure no pleasure to be shot.

"But since the man that runs away
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Geoffrey Plowden 24 April 2016

This poem is an imitation of a famous passage of Homer, the speech of Sarpedon to Glaucus in the Iliad.

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Geoffrey Plowden 24 April 2016

This poem is an imitation of a famous passage of Homer, the speech of Sarpedon to Glaucus. in the Iliad. (There is another, totally different, imitation in Clarissa's speech in Pope's Rape of the Lock.)

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Jack W. Gill 26 September 2009

Short and direct with a powerful story line. A poem to remember.

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