Rookie Rhymes

Author: Various Authors
Published: 1917
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,227 / 43 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 92.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 501
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."

2

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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