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First Line: I cannot quite remember - there were five
Last Line: "whispered their dying messages to me...."
Subject(s): World War I - Casualties


"I cannot quite remember.... There were five
Dropt dead beside me in the trench -- and three
Whispered their dying messages to me...."

Back from the trenches, more dead than alive,
Stone-deaf and dazed, and with a broken knee,
He hobbled slowly, muttering vacantly:

"I cannot quite remember.... There were five
Dropt dead beside me in the trench, and three
Whispered their dying messages to me....

"Their friends are waiting, wondering how they thrive --
Waiting a word in silence patiently....
But what they said, or who their friends may be

"I cannot quite remember.... There were five
Dropt dead beside me in the trench, -- and three
Whispered their dying messages to me...."





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