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Rhymes of a Red Cross Man

Robert W. Service

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Rhymes of a Red Cross Man is a 1916 book of poetry by Robert W. Service. Poems include: The Fool; The Volunteer; The Convalescent; The Man from Athabaska; The Red Retreat; The Haggis of Private McPhee; The Lark; The Odyssey of 'Erbert 'Iggins; A Song of Winter Weather; Tipperary Days; A Song of the Sandbags; The Ballad of Soulful Sam, and many more.

This book has 170 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1916.

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Excerpt from 'Rhymes of a Red Cross Man'

 "But it isn't playing the game," he said,

 And he slammed his books away;

 "The Latin and Greek I've got in my head

 Will do for a duller day."

 "Rubbish!" I cried; "The bugle's call

 Isn't for lads from school."

 D'ye think he'd listen?  Oh, not at all:

 So I called him a fool, a fool.


 Now there's his dog by his empty bed,

 And the flute he used to play,

 And his favourite bat . . . but Dick he's dead,

 Somewhere in France, they say:

 Dick with his rapture of song and sun,

 Dick of the yellow hair,

 Dicky whose life had but begun,

 Carrion-cold out there.

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