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Attack

Siegfried Sassoon
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[1918]
Da “Counter-Attack and Other Poems”
Musica composta nel 2004 da Gary Bachlund, cantante lirico e compositore che vive tra Los Angeles e Berlino. Terzo brano da “Songs of War”, sette canzoni per baritono e pianoforte.


Scena da “Paths of Glory”, “Orizzonti di gloria”, regia di Stanley Kubrick, 1957.

Scena da “Paths of Glory”, “Orizzonti di gloria”, regia di Stanley Kubrick, 1957.


At dawn the ridge emerges massed and dun
In the wild purple of the glow’ring sun,
Smouldering through spouts of drifting smoke that shroud
The menacing scarred slope; and, one by one,
Tanks creep and topple forward to the wire.
The barrage roars and lifts. Then, clumsily bowed
With bombs and guns and shovels and battle-gear,
Men jostle and climb to meet the bristling fire.
Lines of grey, muttering faces, masked with fear,
They leave their trenches, going over the top,
While time ticks blank and busy on their wrists,
And hope, with furtive eyes and grappling fists,
Flounders in mud. O Jesus, make it stop!

Contributed by Bartleby - 2011/1/3 - 13:43



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