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: 527
Added to site: 2010.11.09
mnybks.net#: 29530
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Poetry, War
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code of pluck and nonchalance--

"God give us guts to play the game."

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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.

3

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.

4

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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