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W. H. Auden (1907-73)

	That night when joy began
	Our narrowest veins to flush,
	We waited for the flash
	Of morning's levelled gun.

	But morning let us pass,
	And day by day relief
	Outgrows his nervous laugh,
	Grown credulous of peace,

	As mile by mile is seen
	No trespasser's reproach,
	And love's best glasses reach
	No fields but are his own.

			November 1931
	["Five Songs" II --Collected Poems (ed. Mendelson)]
	Copyright (c) 1976, 1991 The Estate of W. H. Auden


I've compiled the above information referring to some standard reference materials, including The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Grolier Encyclopedia, etc.

By the way, I am honored to note that Professor Taketoshi Furomoto, one of the best Auden scholars in Japan, teaches on the Faculty of Cross-cultural Studies at our Kobe University.

Auden Poems

"Funeral Blues" (April 1936)

A couple of verses from "Funeral Blues" ("Stop all the clocks . . .") were recited in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral (UK, 1994).

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