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Isaac Rosenberg
- Break of Day in the
  Trenches

- Dead Man's Dump
- The Immortals
- On Receiving the
  News of War

- Returning, We hear
  the Larks

 

The Immortals

I killed them, but they would not die.
Yea! all the day and all the night
For them I could not rest nor sleep,
Nor guard from them nor hide in flight.

Then in my agony I turned
And made my hands red in their gore.
In vain--for faster than I slew
They rose more cruel than before.

I killed and killed with slaughter mad;
I killed till all my strength was gone.
And still they rose to torture me,
For Devils only die for fun.

I used to think the Devil hid
In women's smiles and wine's carouse.
I called him Satan, Balzebub.
But now I call him dirty louse.

- Isaac Rosenberg


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