A Last Lick

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Anne Finch (Countess of Winchilsea)
Anne Finch (Countess of Winchilsea)
The following poem, from The Weekend Book, is by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, (1661-1720). She was a strong female voice in a male dominated literary establishment. As well as writing love poems she was also a social commentator who wrote candidly on depression and the horrors of war.
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The Soldier’s Death
by Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea.
Trail all your pikes, dispirit every drum,
march in slow procession from afar,
ye silent, ye dejected men of war!
Be still the hautboys and the flute be dumb!
Display no more, in vain the lofty banner;
For see! Where on the bier before ye lies
the pale, the fallen, the untimely sacrifice
to your mistaken shrine, to your false idol honour.
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