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That Day Analysis



Author: Poetry of Rudyard Kipling Type: Poetry Views: 474

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It got beyond all orders an' it got beyond all 'ope;

It got to shammin' wounded an' retirin' from the 'alt.

'Ole companies was lookin' for the nearest road to slope;

It were just a bloomin' knock-out -- an' our fault!



Now there ain't no chorus 'ere to give,

Nor there ain't no band to play;

An' I wish I was dead 'fore I done what I did,

Or seen what I seed that day!



We was sick o' bein' punished, an' we let 'em know it, too;

An' a company-commander up an' 'it us with a sword,

An' some one shouted "'Ook it!" an' it come to ~sove-ki-poo~,

An' we chucked our rifles from us -- O my Gawd!



There was thirty dead an' wounded on the ground we wouldn't keep --

No, there wasn't more than twenty when the front begun to go;

But, Christ! along the line o' flight they cut us up like sheep,

An' that was all we gained by doin' so.



I 'eard the knives be'ind me, but I dursn't face my man,

Nor I don't know where I went to, 'cause I didn't 'alt to see,

Till I 'eard a beggar squealin' out for quarter as 'e ran,

An' I thought I knew the voice an' -- it was me!



We was 'idin' under bedsteads more than 'arf a march away;

We was lyin' up like rabbits all about the countryside;

An' the major cursed 'is Maker 'cause 'e lived to see that day,

An' the colonel broke 'is sword acrost, an' cried.



We was rotten 'fore we started -- we was never disci~plined~;

We made it out a favour if an order was obeyed;

Yes, every little drummer 'ad 'is rights an' wrongs to mind,

So we had to pay for teachin' -- an' we paid!



The papers 'id it 'andsome, but you know the Army knows;

We was put to groomin' camels till the regiments withdrew,

An' they gave us each a medal for subduin' England's foes,

An' I 'ope you like my song -- because it's true!



An' there ain't no chorus 'ere to give,

Nor there ain't no band to play;

But I wish I was dead 'fore I done what I did,

Or seen what I seed that day!










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