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Rookie Rhymes

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,227 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 551
Added to site: 2010.11.09 29530
Genres: Poetry, War

code of pluck and nonchalance--

"God give us guts to play the game."


May winds that sing like troubadours
Of musket, sword and daring deed,
And ideals won in early wars,

            Inspire each warrior to succeed;
            To fight that nations may be freed,
          And through all hardships make his aim
            The punch of old-time heroes' creed--

God give us guts to play the game.


And if to-morrow--who can tell?--
We hike along a hot white French
Highway, exposed to shrapnel shell,

            Or occupy a first-line trench,
            'Midst poisoned gas and dead men's stench,
          And hand grenades that burst and maim;
            May not all hell our spirit quench--

God give us guts to play the game.


If through entangled wires and mud,
Charging the Boche, we madly run,
With comrades dropping, dyed with blood,

            And sickening sights and sounds that s



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