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Can you help me find a poem....

Discussion in 'Personal' started by cosmos, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. The elderly mother of a dear friend is busy planning her funeral. She wants me to read a poem by Siegfried Sassoon. The only problem is she can't remember which one. She thinks it is to do with death and a bird. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
    I have been wading through his poetry but haven't come across anything that looks right yet. I don't think there is any desperate rush (!) but as she is 94, I'd feel happier if I knew which it was before the time comes.
     
  2. The elderly mother of a dear friend is busy planning her funeral. She wants me to read a poem by Siegfried Sassoon. The only problem is she can't remember which one. She thinks it is to do with death and a bird. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
    I have been wading through his poetry but haven't come across anything that looks right yet. I don't think there is any desperate rush (!) but as she is 94, I'd feel happier if I knew which it was before the time comes.
     
  3. doomzebra

    doomzebra Occasional commenter

    <table cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tr><td class="poem">Everyone Sang
    by
    Siegfried Sassoon
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    Everyone suddenly burst out singing:

    And I was filled with such delight

    As prisoned birds must find in freedom,

    Winging wildly across the white

    Orchards and dark-green fields: on--on--and out of sight.

    Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;

    And beauty came like the setting sun;

    My heart was shaken with tears: and horror

    Drifted away. . .O, but Everyone

    Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.
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  4. Oh that is beautiful. It must be the right one - although how on earth she expects me to get through that without sobbing..........I have a lump in my throat now!
    Thank you doom.
     
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

  6. I like that Theo. Thank you.
    I have now read all 147 of Sassoon's poems and found this which I think could also be the one she meant.

    Idyll by Siegfried SassoonIn the grey summer garden I shall find you
    With day-break and the morning hills behind you.
    There will be rain-wet roses; stir of wings;
    And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings.
    Not from the past you&rsquo;ll come, but from that deep
    Where beauty murmurs to the soul asleep:
    And I shall know the sense of life re-born
    From dreams into the mystery of morn
    Where gloom and brightness meet. And standing there
    Till that calm song is done, at last we&rsquo;ll share
    The league-spread, quiring symphonies that are
    Joy in the world, and peace, and dawn&rsquo;s one star.
     
  7. ROSIEGIRL

    ROSIEGIRL Senior commenter

    That's a bit good, that is.
     

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