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

19. Middle-Ages


I HEARD a clash, and a cry, 
And a horseman fleeing the wood. 
The moon hid in a cloud. 
Deep in shadow I stood. 
  ‘Ugly work!’ thought I,         5
Holding my breath. 
  ‘Men must be cruel and proud, 
  ‘Jousting for death’. 
  
With gusty glimmering shone 
The moon; and the wind blew colder.  10
A man went over the hill, 
Bent to his horse’s shoulder. 
  ‘Time for me to be gone’... 
Darkly I fled. 
Owls in the wood were shrill,  15
And the moon sank red. 


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