TylerANTHEM1FOR DOOMED YOUTH What passing-bells2for these who die as cattle? Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out3their hasty orisons.4No mockeries5now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, – The shrill, demented6 choirs of wailing shells; And bugles7calling for them from sad shires.
8What candles9may be held to speed them all?
12AWilfred Owens (September - October, 1917)1 Anthem - perhaps best known in the expression "The National Anthem;" also, an important religious song (often expressing joy); here, perhaps, a solemn song of celebration 2 passing-bells - a bell tolled after someone's death to announce the death to the world 3 patter out - rapidly speak