Rhymes of a Red Cross Man
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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.