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Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967).  Picture-Show.  1920.

14. The Goldsmith


‘THIS job’s the best I’ve done.’ He bent his head 
Over the golden vessel that he’d wrought. 
A bird was singing. But the craftsman’s thought 
Is a forgotten language, lost and dead. 
  
He sighed and stretch’d brown arms. His friend came in         5
And stood beside him in the morning sun. 
The goldwork glitter’d.... ‘That’s the best I’ve done. 
‘And now I’ve got a necklace to begin.’ 
  
This was at Gnossos, in the isle of Crete... 
A girl was selling flowers along the street.  10


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