Sydney Oswald

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  • Robert Christoforides (10/5/2019 3:33:00 AM)

    Sydney Oswald's Poems appear in an anthology of 1916 - 'Soldier Poets - Songs of the Fighting Men', His (very great) Poem 'The Battlefield' equals any and surpasses many written by others. The anthology includes other Poems by this very fine Poet - 'The Dead Soldier', 'Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori', The Attack', 'The Aftermath' and' The Battlefield'.

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Best Poem of Sydney Oswald

The Dead Soldier

Thy dear brown eyes which were as depths where truth
Lay bowered with frolic joy, but yesterday
Shone with the fire of thy so guileless youth,
Now ruthless death has dimmed and closed for aye.

Those sweet red lips, that never knew the stain
Of angry words or harsh, or thoughts unclean,
Have sung their last gay song. Never again
Shall I the harvest of their laughter glean.

The goodly harvest of they laughing mouth
Is garnered in; and lo! the golden grain
Of all thy generous thoughts, which knew no drouth
Of meanness, and thy tender words ...

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