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Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern British Poetry.  1920.
 
Robert Graves. 1895–
 
177. The Last Post
 
THE bugler sent a call of high romance— 
"Lights out! Lights out!" to the deserted square. 
On the thin brazen notes he threw a prayer: 
"God, if it's this for me next time in France, 
O spare the phantom bugle as I lie         5
Dead in the gas and smoke and roar of guns, 
Dead in a row with other broken ones, 
Lying so stiff and still under the sky— 
Jolly young Fusiliers, too good to die..." 
The music ceased, and the red sunset flare  10
Was blood about his head as he stood there. 
 
 
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