SOLDIER POEMS

At The Sound Of The Drum
ARE you going for a soldier with your curly yellow hair,
And a scarlet coat instead of the smock you used to wear?
Are you going to drive the foe as you used to drive the plough?
Are you going for a soldier now?
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Edith Nesbit
Soldier, Soldier
"Soldier, soldier come from the wars,
Why don't you march with my true love?"
"We're fresh from off the ship an' 'e's maybe give the slip,
An' you'd best go look for a new love."
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Rudyard Kipling
Old Soldier
WE wander now who marched before,
Hawking our bran from door to door,
While other men from the mill take their flour:
So it is to be an Old Soldier.
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Padraic Colum
God And The Soldier
God and the soldier
All men adore
In time of trouble,
And no more;
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Anonymous
God and the Soldier
God and the soldier
All men adore
In time of trouble,
And no more;
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Anonymous Americas
The Boy Patriot
I want to be a Soldier!--
A Soldier!--
A Soldier!--
I want to be a Soldier, with a sabre in my hand
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James Whitcomb Riley
He Was Lucky
The old man
leaves his house, carries books.
A German soldier snatches his books
flings them in the mud.
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Anna Swirszczynska
Soldier Boy
My soldier boy has crossed the sea
To fight the foeman;
But he'll come back to make of me
And honest woman.
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Robert William Service
Soldier Boy
My soldier boy has crossed the sea
To fight the foeman;
But he'll come back to make of me
And honest woman.
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Robert Service
Soldier Freddy
Soldier Freddy
was never ready,
But! Soldier Neddy,
unlike Freddy
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Spike Milligan
A Song Of Truce
Till the tread of marching feet
Through the quiet grass-grown street
Of the little town shall come,
Soldier, rest awhile at home.
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Robert Fuller Murray
The Young British Soldier
When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,
An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased
Ere 'e's fit for to serve as a soldier.
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Rudyard Kipling
When It's Over
'Young soldier, what will you be
When it's all over?'
'I shall get out and across the sea,
Where land's cheap and a man can thrive.
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Max Plowman
Next Of Kin
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Edgar Albert Guest
Epitaph For An English Soldier And An Indian Soldier Buried Together In France
When the fierce bugle thrilled alarm,
From lands apart these fighters came.
An equal courage nerved each arm,
And stirred each generous heart to flame.
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R. C. Lehmann
The Soldier's Grave
Breathe not a whisper here;
The place where thou dost stand is hallowed ground;
In silence gather near this upheaved mound -
Around the soldier's bier.
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Anonymous Americas
Lydia Puckett
Knowlt Hoheimer ran away to the war
The day before Curl Trenary
Swore out a warrant through Justice Arnett
For stealing hogs.
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Edgar Lee Masters
The Things That Make A Soldier Great
The things that make a soldier great and send him out to die,
To face the flaming cannon's mouth, nor ever question why,
Are lilacs by a little porch, the row of tulips red,
The peonies and pansies, too, the old petunia bed,
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Edgar Albert Guest
The Day Of Battle
"Far I hear the bugle blow
To call me where I would not go,
And the guns begin the song,
'Soldier, fly or stay for long.'
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Alfred Edward Housman
Soldier An' Sailor Too
As I was spittin' into the Ditch aboard o' the ~Crocodile~,
I seed a man on a man-o'-war got up in the Reg'lars' style.
'E was scrapin' the paint from off of 'er plates,
an' I sez to 'im, ''Oo are you?'
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Rudyard Kipling

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