Why do you lie with your legs ungainly huddled, And one arm bent across your sullen, cold, Exhausted face? It hurts my heart to watch you, Deep-shadow'd from the candle's guttering gold; And you wonder why I shake you by the shoulder; Drowsy, you mumble and sigh and turn your head... You are too young to fall asleep for ever; And when you sleep you remind me of the dead.
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Confirmed with Siegfried Sassoon, PICTURE-SHOW and other poems, E.P. Dutton and company, New York, 1920, page 7
First published in Nation, August 1918
- by Siegfried Lorraine Sassoon (1886 - 1967), "The Dug-Out" [author's text checked 2 times against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by William Flanagan (1923 - 1969), "The Dug-Out", published 1953 [ high voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
- by Clifford Taylor (b. 1923), "The Dug-Out", 1950-4 [ soprano or tenor and piano ], from Collected Songs (1950-54) [sung text not yet checked]
Available translations, adaptations or excerpts, and transliterations (if applicable):
- FRE French (Français) (Pierre Mathé) , "L'abri de tranchées", copyright © 2017, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
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