by Alfred Edward Housman (1859 - 1936)

Farewell to a name and a number
Language: English 
Farewell to a name and a number
  Recalled again
To darkness and silence and slumber
  In blood and pain.
So ceases and turns to the thing
  He was born to be
A soldier cheap to the King
  And dear to me;
So smothers in blood the burning
  And flaming [flight]1
Of valour and truth returning
  To dust and night.

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