I stood with the dead
I stood with the Dead, so forsaken and still:
When dawn was grey I stood with the Dead.
And my slow heart said, 'You must kill, you must kill:
'Soldier, soldier, morning is red'.
On the shapes of the slain in their crumpled disgrace
I stared for a while through the thin cold rain...
'O lad that I loved, there is rain on your face,
'And your eyes are blurred and sick like the plain.'
I stood with the Dead ... They were dead; they were dead;
My heart and my head beat a march of dismay:
And gusts of the wind came dulled by the guns.
'Fall in!' I shouted; 'Fall in for your pay!'
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Confirmed with Siegfried Sassoon, PICTURE-SHOW and other poems, E.P. Dutton and company, New York, 1920, page 11
Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator] and Pierre Mathé [Guest Editor]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Michael Ippolito (b. 1985), "I stood with the dead", 2013 [baritone, SATB chorus, flute or piccolo, trumpet, percussion, organ, and piano], from Six Sassoon Songs, no. 2, confirmed with a score [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Michael Ippolito (b. 1985), "I Stood with the Dead", 2006, first performed 2006 [baritone, SATB quartet or SATB chorus, flute or piccolo, trumpet, percussion, organ, and piano], from Songbook of the War, no. 4, confirmed with a score [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by John Ramsden Williamson (1929 - 2015), "I stood with the dead", 2004. [baritone and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "J'étais avec les morts", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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J'étais avec les morts
Language: French (Français) after the English
J'étais avec les Morts, si abandonnés et si immobiles :
Dans cette aube grise, j'étais avec les Morts.
Et mon cœur engourdi disait « Tu dois tuer, tu dois tuer :
Soldat, soldat, le matin est rouge ».
Sur les corps des morts, leur disgrâce décomposée
Je fixai les yeux un moment, sous un froid crachin …
« Ô garçon que j'aimais, il pleut sur ta figure
Et tes yeux sont aussi brouillés et morbides que la plaine. »
J'étais avec les Morts … Ils étaient morts ; ils étaient morts ;
Mon cœur et ma tête battaient une marche de sauve-qui-peut :
Et vinrent des rafales de vent atténuées par les canons.
« En rangs ! – j'ai hurlé – en rangs pour votre salaire ! »
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