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Trench Poets
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Trench Poets

Edgell Rickword

I knew a man, he was my
chum
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chum
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but he grew
blacker
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blacker
every day,
and would not brush the flies away,
nor
blanch
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blanch
however fierce the hum
of passing shells; I used to read,
to
rouse
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rouse
him, random things from
Donne
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Donne
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like "
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2:Get with child a mandrake-root
3:mandrake-root
Get with child
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Get with child a mandrake-root
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mandrake-root
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Get with child a mandrake-root
."
But you can tell he was far gone,
for he lay gaping,
mackerel-eyed
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mackerel-eyed
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and stiff, and senseless as a
post
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post

even when that old poet cried
" I long to talk with some old lover's ghost."
I tried the
Elegies
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Elegies
one day,
but he, because he heard me say:
" What needst thou have more covering than a man ? "
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" What needst thou have more covering than a man?"

grinned nastily, and so I knew the
worms had got his brains at last.
There was one thing that I might do
to starve the worms; I racked my head
for
1:Maud
2: healthy things and quoted Maud
Maud
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healthy things and quoted Maud
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healthy things and quoted Maud
.
His grin got worse and I could see
1:purity
2:passion's
3:he sneered at passion's purity
purity
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passion's
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he sneered at passion's purity
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he sneered at passion's purity
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He stank so badly, though we were great chums
I had to leave him; then rats ate his thumbs.