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The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas


by Edward Thomas

Hand painted color trench art card celebrating May Day. In an oval, an Austrian soldier behind a calendar page for 1 Mai. Below the oval, a poem:
Der Finkensang und Drosselschlag
Verkündeten den Maien Tag.
Doch als ich auf die Weltgekom[m]en,
Hat der Tag rebell begonnen.
(The 'm' in 'Weltgekomen' has a line over it that may be intended to indicate it should be repeated.)
The songs of the finch and thrush
Announced the May day.
But when I came into the world,
The day of rebellion started.
(translation John Shea)
Reverse:
1918-04-2? (?) postmark
K.u.k Sappeur-Zeugs Komp. Nr. 34
Imperial and Royal Sapper Ordnance Company Nr. 34
"Heil Gebürtstag" ?

Hand painted color trench art card celebrating May Day. The poem:
Der Finkensang und Drosselschlag
Verkündeten den Maien Tag.
Doch als ich auf die Weltgekom[m]en,
Hat der Tag rebell begonnen.
The songs of the finch and thrush
Announced the May day.
But when I came into the world,
The day of rebellion started.
(translation John Shea) © John M. Shea

The Collected Poems of Edward Thomas Edited by R. George Thomas

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1981

Copyright: R. George Thomas 1978, 1981

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