Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE RETURN, by JOHN FREEMAN

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THE RETURN, by                     Poet's Biography
First Line: I heard the rumbling guns. I saw the smoke
Last Line: And I heard beauty singing up the hill.
Subject(s): World War I; First World War

I HEARD the rumbling guns. I saw the smoke,
The unintelligible shock of hosts that still,
Far off, unseeing, strove and strove again;
And Beauty flying naked down the hill

From morn to eve: and the stern night cried Peace!
And shut the strife in darkness: all was still,
Then slowly crept a triumph on the dark—
And I heard Beauty singing up the hill.

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