Black and White Budget, No. 25, Vol. II, March 31st 1900

32 BLACK AND' WHITE BUDGET March 31,1900 “BEHIND HIM” THOUGH we cannot all be Kiplingsor the soldiers of the Oueen, Or nurse or correspondent togo South, Yet we strive for England’s glory with a world-famed tool, I ween, That all-availing weapon in our mouth. We have heard so very often of the power of woman’s tongue, We cannot but believe it has its might, And so trust, with its assistance, England’s cause may well be won, A s ’tis said to nerve the slackest arm to fight. And when at call of battle you stand read)- in your place, And with eagerness your heart grows hot within, We are sick with dreary longing that we, too, the foe might face, And fighting so—together die or win. Ours the real pang of parting—the suspense— the crushing blow, The fever and the ague and the pain. From Reveille unto Roll Call is for us one long-drawn woe, A s we buy with our heart’s best our country’s gain. Then be thoughtful as you’re plucky— not “Absent-minded” b e Remember in your worst we’ve most to rue, That than biggest cheque more precious is the line that comes from thee T o tell us that your heart is kind and true. And when at call of battle you stand ready in your place, And with eagerness you burn to serve the Oueen, Pray, don’t leave your poor old mother without a farewell grace, Because your manly spirit hates a “scene.” For our voice still tells thy praises and our lips still frame a prayer, Our heart with every throb still turns to thee, As from morning unto evening we beseech God’s loving care From every harm and danger keep thee free. Though we cannot as knight-errant travel unknown by your side And share with you the weal and woe of war, That we have to yield our dear ones, and at home in anguish bide, Makes our burden of devotion so much more. So when at call of battle you stand ready in your place, And with eagerness your heart grows hot within, Bethink you that the heartache tears are scalding some sad face, And a loving, broken voice prays you may win. Then may we hail you victors in the glorous, well-fought fight, And welcome you again to hearth and home, And nobler, fuller manhood in the wrong you’ve helped put right, Your privilege and duty having done. Or should England pass to Kruger (some affirm it maybe so) We engage that his High Reverence down South, When he lands (and has demolished Messrs. Hocking, Stead, and Co.) Will find something more to subjugate than mouth. So when at call of battle you stand ready in your place, And with eagerness your heart grows hot within, Be assured— should England’s women be a'one left of her race They would only o’er their hearts let foemen in.A. F ram pto n. N.B —Permission to recite the above poem must be obtained from the Editor of Black and White Bud get ,j./, Bouverie Street, li. C., and envelopes containing requests Jor permission should bear in the left- hand top corner the word “Recitation. ”(All iMus cal Rig hts Reserved .)Pr i n ted b they Black and White Pub l i hings Comp any, miL i ted ,at 33, B o u v erie Street a l oats Leeds ,Man chest er.G sal g o w,a'-dE din burg hand Publish s d W k k k l y b y W .J. P .Mon c k t o n,at 6 3 ,Fleet Street .Lon don,E C --England— craM h 31,1900 .No
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