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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Counter-Attack and Other Poems.  1918.

20. The Hawthorn Tree


NOT much to me is yonder lane 
  Where I go every day; 
But when there’s been a shower of rain 
  And hedge-birds whistle gay, 
I know my lad that’s out in France         5
  With fearsome things to see 
Would give his eyes for just one glance 
  At our white hawthorn tree.
    .    .    .    .
 
Not much to me is yonder lane 
  Where he so longs to tread:  10
But when there’s been a shower of rain 
I think I’ll never weep again 
  Until I’ve heard he’s dead. 


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