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90119: 'I saw his round mouth's crimson...'

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I saw his round mouth's crimson deepen as it fell,
Like a sun, in his last deep hour;
Watched the magnificent recession of farewell,
Clouding, half gleam, half glower,
And a last splendour burn the heavens of his cheek.
And in his eyes
The cold stars lighting, very old and bleak,
In different skies.

History

Creator

Owen, Wilfred (1893-1918)

Date

1917-11 1917-12

Source

The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen edited by Jon Stallworthy first published by Chatto & Windus, 1983, #22, CPF vol. 1, p. 123, vol. 2, p. 277 EB, CDL, DH. BL 1.88

Type

Poem

Rights

The Estate of Wilfred Owen. The Complete Poems and Fragments of Wilfred Owen edited by Jon Stallworthy first published by Chatto & Windus, 1983. Preliminaries, introductory, editorial matter, manuscripts and fragments omitted.

Publisher

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive

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