The General

by

Siegfried Sassoon


"Good-morning; good-morning!" the General said

When we met him last week on our way to the line.

Now the soldiers he smiled at are most of em dead,

And were cursing his staff for incompetent swine.

"Hes a cheery old card," grunted Harry to Jack

As they slogged up to Arras with rifle and pack.

* * * *

But he did for them both by his plan of attack.


(1918)



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