Rendezvous
Alan Seeger, (1888-1916)
  • An American who served with the French Foreign Legion.
  • He was killed on the 4th of July 1916
  • Written between January and February 1916

  • I have a rendezvous with Death
  • At some disputed barricade,
  • When Spring comes back with rustling shade
  • And apple-blossoms fill the air -
  • I have a rendezvous with Death
  • When Spring brings back blue days and fair.
  • It may be he shall take my hand
  • And lead me into his dark land
  • And close my eyes and quench my breath -
  • It may be I shall pass him still.
  • I have a rendezvous with Death
  • On some scarred slope of battered hill
  • When Spring comes round again this year
  • And the first meadow-flowers appear.
  • Click to return to our Poets' corner
  • God knows 'twere better to be deep
  • Pillowed in silk and scented down,
  • Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,
  • Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,
  • Where hushed awakenings are dear...
  • But I've a rendezvous with Death
  • At midnight in some flaming town,
  • When Spring trips north again this year,
  • And I to my pledged word am true,
  • I shall not fail that rendezvous.