I saw askant the armies
[I]1 saw askant the armies,
[And]2 I saw, as in noiseless dreams, hundreds of battle-flags;
Borne through the smoke of the battles, and pierc'd with missiles, I saw them,
And carried hither and yon through the smoke, and torn and bloody;
And at last [but]3 a few shreds left on the staffs, (all in silence,)
And the staffs all splinter'd and broken.
I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,
And the white skeletons of young men -- I saw them,
I saw the debris and debris of all the dead soldiers of the war;
[But I]4 saw they were not as was thought,
They themselves were fully at rest -- they suffer'd not;
The living remain'd and suffer'd -- the mother suffer'd,
And the wife and the child, and the musing comrade suffer'd,
And the armies that remain'd suffer'd.
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1 Sessions: "And I"
2 omitted by Sessions
3 Sessions: "for"
4 Sessions: "and we"
Submitted by Ahmed E. Ismail
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- by Paul Hindemith (1895 - 1963), "To the tally of my soul
" [baritone, mezzo-soprano, chorus and orchestra], from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 10..
- by Roger Sessions (1896 - 1985), "Now while I sat in the day, and look'd forth
", from the cantata When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd, no. 3, cantata.
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