Suicide in the trenches
I knew a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.
In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.
* * * * *
You snug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you'll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.
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Confirmed with Siegfried Sassoon, COUNTER-ATTACK and other poems, E.P .Dutton and company, New York, 1918, page 31
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 Harold Blumenfeld (b. 1923), "Suicide in the trenches", published 1971 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Songs of War [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Michael Ippolito (b. 1985), "Suicide in the trenches", 2013 [baritone, SATB chorus, flute or piccolo, trumpet, percussion, organ, and piano], from Six Sassoon Songs, no. 3, confirmed with a score [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Michael Ippolito (b. 1985), "Suicide in the trenches", 2006, first performed 2006 [baritone, SATB quartet or SATB chorus, flute or piccolo, trumpet, percussion, organ, and piano], from Songbook of the War, no. 7, confirmed with a score [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Hugo Weisgall (b. 1912), "Suicide in the trenches", published 1953, rev. 1965 [baritone and piano], from Soldier Songs for Baritone, no. 2. [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "Suicide dans les tranchées", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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