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

22. The Dark House


DUSK in the rain-soaked garden, 
And dark the house within. 
A door creaked: someone was early 
To watch the dawn begin. 
  But he stole away like a thief         5
  In the chilly, star-bright air: 
  Though the house was shuttered for slumber, 
  He had left one wakeful there. 
  
Nothing moved in the garden. 
Never a bird would sing,  10
Nor shake and scatter the dew from the boughs 
With shy and startled wing. 
  But when that lover had passed the gate 
  A quavering thrush began... 
  ‘Come back; come back!’ he shrilled to the heart  15
  Of the passion-plighted man. 


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