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The Young British Soldier

By Kipling, Rudyard

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Title: The Young British Soldier  
Author: Kipling, Rudyard
Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
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Excerpt: Now all you recruities what?s drafted to?day, You shut up your rag?box an? ?ark to my lay, An? I?ll sing you a soldier as far as I may: A soldier what?s fit for a soldier. Fit, fit, fit for a soldier ... First mind you steer clear o? the grog?sellers? huts, For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts Ay, drink that ?ud eat the live steel from your butts An? it?s bad for the young British soldier. Bad, bad, bad for the soldier ... When the cholera comes as it will past a doubt Keep out of the wet and don?t go on the shout, For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out, An? it crumples the young British soldier. Crum?, crum?, crumples the soldier ... But the worst o? your foes is the sun over'ead: You ~must~ wear your ?elmet for all that is said: If ?e finds you uncovered ?e'll knock you down dead, An? you'll die like a fool of a soldier. Fool, fool, fool of a soldier ... If you?re cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind, Don't grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind; Be handy and civil, and then you will find That it?s beer for the young British soldier.

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Table of Contents: THE YOUNG BRITISH SOLDIER, 1 -- Rudyard Kipling, 1


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