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First Line: The bugler sent a call of high romance
Last Line: "jolly young fusiliers too good to die."
Subject(s): Soldiers' Writings; World War I; First World War

THE bugler sent a call of high romance --
"Lights out! Lights out!" to the deserted square.
On the thin brazen notes he threw a prayer,
"God, if it's this for me next time in France...
O spare the phantom bugle as I lie
Dead in the gas and smoke and roar of guns,
Dead in a row with the other broken ones
Lying so stiff and still under the sky,
Jolly young Fusiliers too good to die."

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