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The Guards Came through and Other Poems

By Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir

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Book Id: WPLBN0000709106
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Reproduction Date: 2007
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Title: The Guards Came through and Other Poems  
Author: Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Poetry, Verse drama
Collections: Poetry Collection
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Publisher: World Public Library Association


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Excerpt: MEN of the Twenty-first // Up by the Chalk Pit Wood, // Weak with our wounds and our thirst, // Wanting our sleep and our food, // After a day and a night - // God, shall we ever forget! // Beaten and broke in the fight, // But sticking it - sticking it yet. // Trying to hold the line, // Fainting and spent and done, // Always the thud and the whine, // Always the yell of the Hun! // Northumerland, Lancaster, York, // Durham and Somerset, // Fighting alone, worn to the bone, // But sticking it - sticking it yet. // Never a message of hope! // Never a word of cheer! // Fronting Hill 70's shell-swept slope, // With the dull dead plain in our rear. // Always the whine of the shell, // Always the roar of its burst, // Always the tortures of hell, // As waiting and wincing we cursed // Our luck and the guns and the Boche, // When our Corporal shouted, Stand to! // And I heard some one cry, Clear the front for the Guards! // And the Guards came through. // Our throats they were parched and hot, // But Lord, if you'd heard the cheers! // Irish and Welsh and Scot, // Coldstream and Grenadiers. // Two brigades, if you please, // Dressing as straight as a hem, // We - we were down on our knees, // Praying for us and for them! // Lord, I could speak for a week, // But how could you understand!


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