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Poem by John McCrae
He wrought in poverty, the dull grey days, But with the night his little lamp-lit room Was bright with battle flame, or through a haze Of smoke that stung his eyes he heard the boom Of Bluecher’s guns; he shared Almeida’s scars, And from the close-packed deck, about to die, Looked up and saw the ”Birkenhead”’s tall spars Weave wavering lines across the Southern sky: Or in the stifling ’tween decks, row on row, At Aboukir, saw how the dead men lay; Charged with the fiercest in Busaco’s strife, Brave dreams are his -- the flick’ring lamp burns low -- Yet couraged for the battles of the day He goes to stand full face to face with life.
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