Soldiers Lament

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Soldiers Lament

by

Arthur Lane

(Fepow)

 

FOR KING AND COUNTRY WE TOOK HIS SHILLING

WE WERE YOUNG EAGER AND MOST WILLING

OBLIVIOUS TO WHAT LAY AHEAD

WHERE MARCHING FEET WILL WEARY TREAD

OUR COMRADES JOKED AND SAILED WITH PRIDE

TO EMBARK TO COUNTRIES FAR AND WIDE

A SOLDIERSLOT IS FULL OF WOE

IN FOREIGN LANDS FIGHTING FOREIGN FOE

ORDERS FROM THE HIGH COMMAND

NO RETREAT BUT FIGHT AND STAND

THE BRAVE AND TIMID FOUGHT AS ONE

ALL LIKELY TARGETS FOR THE GUN

WITH BAYONETS DRAWN SEEMS SO UNJUST

TO TAKE ANOTHRS LIFE WITH JABBING THRUST

SEEMS SUCH A WASTE AND SUCH A LOSS

A METAL HELMET HUNG ON A WOODEN CROSS

 

 

 

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