Alan: "Light many lamps and gather round his bed… "
The lines quoted at the end of the episode are a slightly abbreviated version of the last two stanzas of Siegfried Sassoon's "The Death-Bed." The writers omitted the last three lines of the first stanza below.
Light many lamps and gather round his bed.
Lend him your eyes, warm blood, and will to live.
Speak to him; rouse him; you may save him yet.
He's young; he hated War; how should he die
When cruel old campaigners win safe through?
But death replied: 'I choose him.' So he went,
And there was silence in the summer night;
Silence and safety; and the veils of sleep.
Then, far away, the thudding of the guns.
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