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Played Out (From Songs of the Dead End)
By Patrick MacGill
(A young Irishman, called the Navvy poet; born 1890. From the age of twelve to twenty a farm laborer, ditch-digger and quarryman. As this work goes to press, he is fighting with his regiment in Flanders)
AS a bullock falls in the crooked ruts, he fell when the day was oer,
The hunger gripping his stinted guts, his body shaken and sore.
They pulled it out of the ditch in the dark, as a brute is pulled from its lair,
The corpse of the navvy, stiff and stark, with the clay on its face and hair.
In Christian lands, with calloused hands, he labored for others good,