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A Soldier's Grave

Then in the lull of midnight, gentle arms
Lifted him slowly down the slopes of death
Lest he should hear again the mad alarms
Of battle, dying moans, and painful breath

And where the earth was soft for flowers we made
A grave for him that he might better rest
So spring shall come and leave it sweet arrayed
And there the lark shall turn her dewy nest

Francis Ledwidge | 1887-1917

Ledwidge was an Irish war poet from County Meath.Sometimes known as the "poet of the blackbirds", he was killed in action at the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I.