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Excerpt from The White Comrade: And Other PoemsThe White ComradeA Canadian soldier, wounded at Ypres, speaksSo this green land is England! Her we sawRadiant and smiling in our early dreams,A land by love dream-haunted. Now we comeWith strangerMoreExcerpt from The White Comrade: And Other PoemsThe White ComradeA Canadian soldier, wounded at Ypres, speaksSo this green land is England! Her we sawRadiant and smiling in our early dreams,A land by love dream-haunted. Now we comeWith stranger vision than our youth could giveTo the great shelter of her mighty arms.We come from battles bitter and long foughtTo see the stars shining on village streetsAnd watch a country in midsummer calm -A soft land, lying August-clad but chill,Dull to Canadian eyes that know the sunAs it stalks red across an azure sky.And as we limp about and smoke, play cards,And wait impatient to be off again,Sometimes we two, amid the comrades here, -Two only of the three who started out,For, in the wood at Julien, Edward fell -Sometimes we two go silent, then look upTo see if we can find in others eyesA knowledge that has grown with us from outThe fields of France, when in those awful nights,Some of us heard a rumor, saw a Form.Then we look back unto that strange new hourWhen time was suddenly transformed for usWithin a sleepy town near old Quebec.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.