The Humbled Heart

By Siegfried Sassoon 1886–1967 Siegfried Sassoon
Go your seeking, soul.
Mine the proven path of time’s foretelling.   
Yours accordance with some mysteried whole.   
I am but your passion-haunted dwelling.

Bring what news you can,
Stranger, loved of body’s humbled heart.   
Say one whispered word to mortal man   
From that peace whereof he claims you part.

Hither-hence, my guest,
Blood and bone befriend, where you abide   
Till withdrawn to share some timeless quest.   
I am but the brain that dreamed and died.

Sigfried Sassoon, “The Humbled Heart” from Collected Poems 1908-1956. Copyright Siegfried Sassoon. Reprinted by kind permission of George Sassoon.

Source: Selected Poems (Penguin Books, 1968)

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Poet Siegfried Sassoon 1886–1967

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

Subjects Religion

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Siegfried Sassoon is best remembered for his angry and compassionate poems of the First World War, which brought him public and critical acclaim. Avoiding the sentimentality and jingoism of many war poets, Sassoon wrote of the horror and brutality of trench warfare and contemptuously satirized generals, politicians, and churchmen for their incompetence and blind support of the war. His later poems, often concerned with religious . . .

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SUBJECT Religion

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Georgian

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