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By Rudyard Kipling

First gathered in 1892, Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads relive the reviews of squaddies despatched worldwide to safeguard the Empire-all for little pay and no more appreciation. a right away luck, they have been not like whatever the general public had obvious sooner than.

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Twas that and an extry double Guard that rubbed my nose in the dirt; But I fell away with the Corp’ral’s stock and the best of the Corp’ral’s shirt. B. confined to barracks 18 5 10 15 Cells I left my cap in a public-house, my boots in the public road, And Lord knows where, and I don’t care, my belt and my tunic goed; They’ll stop my pay, they’ll cut away the stripes I used to wear, But I left my mark on the Corp’ral’s face, and I think he’ll keep it there! 20 My wife she cries on the barrack-gate, my kid in the barrack-yard, It ain’t that I mind the Ord’ly room—it’s that that cuts so hard.

Front, front, front like a soldier . . When ’arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch, Don’t call your Martini° a cross-eyed old bitch; 30 nor crack on nor blind nor break down nor seem dimwitted 50 Martini the Martini-Henry rifle 38 25 30 35 40 45 50 The Young British Soldier She’s human as you are—you treat her as sich, An’ she’ll fight for the young British soldier. Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . When shakin’ their bustles like ladies so fine, The guns o’ the enemy wheel into line, Shoot low at the limbers an’ don’t mind the shine, For noise never startles the soldier.

Soldier, Soldier A traditional ballad on the theme of women awaiting news of their men fighting abroad. A trifle sentimental, it nevertheless captures the heartbreak and regular losses experienced by those left behind. ’’ New love! True love! Best go look for a new love, The dead they cannot rise, an’ you’d better dry your eyes, An’ you’d best go look for a new love. ’’ True love! New love! Best take ’im for a new love, The dead they cannot rise, an’ you’d better dry your eyes, An’ you’d best take ’im for your true love.

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