A Soldier's Song (Aldington)

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A Soldier's Song
by Richard Aldington


How sadly for how many nights
My dear will lie alone,
Or lie in others arms than mine
While I lie like a stone.

If she remembers me or weeps
For her lost happiness,
Though dead, I shall be pierced at heart
For her great loneliness.

If she forgets me, if she gives
Her lips and limbs to new desire,
Though dead, I shall be pierced at heart,
Burned stark by a sharp fire.

I would not have her pine and weep,
Nor would I have her love again—
Whatever comes after I die
There will be only pain and pain.

I dare not ask for life, I dare
Only to ask for utter death
So that I may not know she breathes
Life from another's amorous breath.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1962, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 50 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.