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Barrack-Room Ballads by Rudyard Kipling, is a set of songs and poems, first published in 1892. The collection includes some of Kipling's best known work such as Gunga Din (written from the point of view of a British soldier in India), Mandalay (set in colonial Burma), Tommy (written from the view point of a British soldier), and Danny Deever (describes the execution of a British soldier in India for murder). Other poems in Barrack-Room Ballads are: Fuzzy-Wuzzy; Soldier, Soldier; Screw-Guns; Cells; Oonts; Loot; 'Snarleyow'; The Widow at Windsor; Belts; The Young British Soldier; Troopin'; The Widow's Party; Ford o' Kabul River; Gentlemen-Rankers; Route Marchin'; Shillin' a Day; 'Bobs'; 'Back to the Army Again'; 'Birds of Prey' March; 'Soldier an' Salor Too'; Sappers; That Day; 'The Men that fought at Minden'; Cholera Camp; The Ladies; Bill 'Awkins; The Mother-Lodge; 'Follow Me 'Ome'; The Sergeant's Weddin'; The Jacket; The 'Eathen; 'Mary, Pity Women!'; and, For to Admire.
This book has 88 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1892.
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Excerpt from 'Barrack-Room Ballads'
“What are the bugles blowin' for? ” said Files-on-Parade.
“To turn you out, to turn you out”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
“What makes you look so white, so white? ” said Files-on-Parade.
“I'm dreadin' what I've got to watch”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
For they're hangin' Danny Deever, you can hear the Dead March play,
The regiment's in 'ollow square—they're hangin' him to-day;
They've taken of his buttons off an' cut his stripes away,
An' they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.
“What makes the rear-rank breathe so 'ard? ” said Files-on-Parade.
“It's bitter cold, it's bitter cold”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
“What makes that front-rank man fall down? ” said Files-on-Parade.
“A touch o' sun, a touch o' sun”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
They are hangin' Danny Deever, they are marchin' of 'im round,
They 'ave 'alted Danny Deever by 'is coffin on the ground;
An' 'e'll swing in 'arf a minute for a sneakin' shootin' hound—
O they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'!
“'Is cot was right-'and cot to mine”, said Files-on-Parade.
“'E's sleepin' out an' far to-night”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
“I've drunk 'is beer a score o' times”, said Files-on-Parade.
“'E's drinkin' bitter beer alone”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
They are hangin' Danny Deever, you must mark 'im to 'is place,
For 'e shot a comrade sleepin'—you must look 'im in the face;
Nine 'undred of 'is county an' the regiment's disgrace,
While they're hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.
“What's that so black agin' the sun? ” said Files-on-Parade.
“It's Danny fightin' 'ard for life”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
“What's that that whimpers over'ead? ” said Files-on-Parade.
“It's Danny's soul that's passin' now”, the Colour-Sergeant said.
For they're done with Danny Deever, you can 'ear the quickstep play,
The regiment's in column, an' they're marchin' us away;
Ho! the young recruits are shakin', an' they'll want their beer to-day,
After hangin' Danny Deever in the mornin'.
Production notes: This edition of Barrack-Room Ballads was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 5th May 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'An Artist's Home on the Somme' by William Thurston Topham.