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VLAMERTINGHE: PASSING THE CHATEAU, JULY 1917, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: And all her silken flanks with garlands drest
Last Line: Is scarcely right; this red should have been much duller.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blunden, Edmund
Subject(s): Belgium; World War I; First World War


"AND all her silken flanks with garlands drest" --
But we are coming to the sacrifice.
Must those have flowers who are not yet gone West?
May those have flowers who live with death and lice?
This must be the floweriest place
That earth allows; the queenly face
Of the proud mansion borrows grace for grace
Spite of those brute guns lowing at the skies.

Bold great daisies, golden lights,
Bubbling roses' pinks and whites --
Such a gay carpet! poppies by the million;
Such damask! such vermilion!
But if you ask me, mate, the choice of colour
Is scarcely right; this red should have been much duller.





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