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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
T. P. Cameron Wilson. 1889–1918
 
157. Sportsmen in Paradise
 
THEY left the fury of the fight, 
  And they were very tired. 
The gates of Heaven were open quite, 
  Unguarded and unwired. 
There was no sound of any gun,         5
  The land was still and green; 
Wide hills lay silent in the sun, 
  Blue valleys slept between. 
  
They saw far-off a little wood 
  Stand up against the sky.  10
Knee-deep in grass a great tree stood; 
  Some lazy cows went by... 
There were some rooks sailed overhead, 
  And once a church-bell pealed. 
"God! but it's England," someone said,  15
  "And there's a cricket-field!" 
 
 
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