Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Old Soldiers Story

Poems and Prose Sketches

Cover image for


Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,746 / 87 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 682
Added to site: 2010.05.12 27705

or her sake it were better to part.

She averted her gaze, and she sighed and looked sad As I held out my hand--for the ring that she had-- With the bitterer speech that I hoped she might be Resigned to look up and be happy with me.

'Twas a test, as I said--but God pity your grief, At a moment like this when a smile of relief Shall leap to the lips of the woman you prize, And no mist of distress in her glorious eyes.


Chant me a rhyme of Christmas-- Sing me a jovial song,-- And though it is filled with laughter, Let it be pure and strong.

Let it be clear and ringing, And though it mirthful be, Let a low, sweet voice of pathos Run through the melody.

Sing of the hearts brimmed over With the story of the day-- Of the echo of childish voices That will not die away.--

Of the blare of the tasselled bugle, And the timeless clatter and beat Of the drum that throbs to muster Squadrons of scampering feet.--

Of the wide-eyed look of wonder,



Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

login | register

User ID


reset password

Author of the Day

Julie Anne Nelson
When Julie Anne Nelson isn't working as a technical editor, she loves to live out her passion for young adult fiction through her writing. Her wildly popular The Sevens series was inspired by a Percy Shelley poem and, as our author of the day, she tells us all about it. Nelson also talks about her writing habits, her tendency to sneak extra books in between writing/editing the main series and how her teaching career inspired her to write for young adults.
Read full interview...