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Chapter 14 - (VERSO)


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Miss L.M. Montgomery

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The Last Prayer

L.M. Montgomery

(A young soldier was found mortally wounded on the field after a hard-fought battle. As they bent over him he opened his eyes and murmuring, “Now I lay me down to sleep,” died).

The carnage of the battlefield was done,
Behind the red hills sank the shamed sun,
And shuddering nature drew across her sight,


The first page of Montgomery's draft of "The Last Prayer." The full poem is available in A World of Songs: Selected Poems, 1894-1921, edited by Benjamin Lefebvre, University of Toronto Press, 2019.