much less literary yet both vital, the verse amassed here's via the standard soldier. It provides a brand new and significant measurement to our conception of the rapid reaction to war.
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Is disorder conquered? Are women and men robust, wonderful, clever? And artwork . . . track . . . Is there not more to do this we should always kill each other? Come! to our paintings! Out of ways with this pestilent battle! allow us to get on with issues! El Arish Eliot Crawshay Williams Waste Waste of Muscle, waste of mind, Waste of persistence, waste of ache, Waste of Manhood, waste of healthiness, Waste of attractiveness, waste of Wealth, Waste of Blood, and waste of Tears, Waste of Youth’s most respected years, Waste of the way the Saints have trod, Waste of Glory, waste of God, – conflict! G. A. Studdert Kennedy Wails to the Mail (Married males of the most recent armies will obtain 104 kilos each year as well as the standard separation allowance. ) Northcliffe, my Northcliffe, In days which are useless The bard used to be a scoffer At a lot that you just acknowledged, A fervid opponent Of ‘Daily Mail’ Bread. The bard by no means dreamed That it mattered a jot should you relied on in cleaning soap Or positioned peas on your pot, Or what number aeroplanes England had no longer. And in the event you again Blatchford To bark on the Bosche, Or in case you puffed Willett As wiser than Josh – Northcliffe, my Northcliffe, I personal I acknowledged ‘Tosh’. Northcliffe, my Northcliffe, Now right here at thy ft The poet craves pardon Tho’ vengeance be candy As peas that thou prizest In Carmelite highway, Forgive me prior trespasses, Hark to my trope, To my phrases which are softer Than Lever’s smooth cleaning soap, for less than via thee Has a suppliant wish! Northcliffe, my Northcliffe, Ah! more than Mars Or double-faced Janus Whose portal unbars The flood-tide of conflict Napoleon of ‘Pars’, Whose phrases are uncensored, Whose chief compels Greys, Asquiths, McKennas, And eke double L’s, With contraband cotton And scandal of shells, Who rulest the Seas, And the Earth and the Air And the manifold medals ‘Base’ officials put on, Northcliffe, my Northcliffe, Now hark to my prayer! whilst the ‘Hide-the-Truth Press’ And the ‘Slack 23’ Have yielded sword, cash, And trident to thee And okay. J. and Boosey And Pemberton B. be mindful, whereas paying The Derby man’s lease, His premiums, his coverage, And greater than he spent, That others acknowledged not anything, obtained not anything, yet WENT. They have been someplace in France, whereas the Derby guy bucked To his spouse, and in sheets used to be connubially tucked . . . yet not anyone can pay them For the houses that they chucked. They have been crouching to crumps whereas he cried at a Zepp, He used to be dancing what time They have been taught to ‘Keep step’, And he will get 100 in line with an. PLUS the Sep- aration allowance! through Carmelite condo, If a guy be worthy something greater than a Mouse, Northcliffe, my Northcliffe, those CHAPS HAVE A GROUSE. Gilbert Frankau the one approach ‘Conscription will cleared the path to the better lifestyles. ’ – The Dean of Exeter. throughout the sluggish succeeding a long time clergymen and prophets, saints and sages Have waged an extended, incessant strife, looking for the better existence. Hindus wrapt in contemplation, Hebrews voicing revelation, Greeks, Egyptians, and chinese language, Moslems, Christians, and Parsees, All have held the traditional quest, All have sought to discover the simplest; them all have long gone off track – None have discovered the slender approach.