First World War Poetry Digital Archive

With An Identity Disc

WITH AN IDENTITY DISC by WILFRED OWEN

If ever I had dreamed of my dead name High in the heart of London, unsurpassed By Time for ever, and the Fugitive, Fame, There taking a long sanctuary at last,

I better that; and recollect with shame How once I longed to hide it from life's heats Under those holy cypresses, the same That keep in shade the quiet place of Keats.

Now, rather, thank I God there is no risk Of gravers scoring it with florid screed, But let my death be memoried on this disc. Wear it, sweet friend. Inscribe no date nor deed. But let thy heart-beat kiss it night and day, Until the name grow vague and wear away.

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