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Everyone Sang

It's the first line from a poem:

              Everyone Sang

  Everyone suddenly burst out singing;
  And I was filled with such delight
  As prisoned birds must find in freedom,
  Winging wildly across the white
  Orchards and dark-green fields; on--on--and out of sight.

  Everyone's voice was suddenly lifted;
  And beauty came like the setting sun:
  My heart was shaken with tears; and horror
  Drifted away ... O, but Everyone
  Was a bird; and the song was wordless; the singing will never be done.

        Siegfried Sassoon. Picture-Show, 1920
I stumbled across this by accident.  One day I was searching through a dictionary of quotations, I think I was looking for a suitable "error" quote.  I found

"Truth lies within a little and certain compass, but error is immense." (Henry St. John, Viscount Bolingbroke, Reflections upon Exile)

and used this in some software as a small apology when a runtime error occurred.  The dictionary also listed the first line of the poems it contained, and there it was: "Everyone suddenly burst out singing;".  It really grabbed my attention, so I looked it up.  I rather like it.  I wish that Id paid more attention in my High School English classes (Ms Ell) so that I had a better feel for how one would read it out aloud.