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I have perceived much beauty
In the hoarse oaths that kept our courage straight;
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War brought more glory to their eyes than blood,
And gave their laughs more glee than shakes a child.
These men are worth
Your tears: You are not worth their merriment.
I, too, saw God through mud--
To-night, His frost will fasten on this mud and us,
Shriveling many hands, puckering foreheads crisp.
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Pale flakes with fingering stealth come feeling for our faces--
We cringe in holes, back on forgotten dreams, and stare, snow
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We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy.
Heart, you were never hot
Nor large, nor full like hearts made great with shot;
Your slender attitude
Trembles not exquisite like limbs knife-skewed,
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