Funeral Poem – Idyll – by Siegfried Sassoon

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Funeral Poem – Idyll – by Siegfried Sassoon

Sassoon is perhaps best known as a war poet. His poems are sometimes difficult reads, because of the brutality of the topic.

This poem, is more gentle and has inspired many readings at funerals.

It counteracts his other work with a message of hope and dreams; there is a glimmer of reconciliation in these words.

Perhaps they can be nought but a dream, only time will tell. Yet the author continues to dream of each new day.

In 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’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’ll share The league-spread, quiring symphonies

that are Joy in the world,

and peace, and dawn’s one star.

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