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A Smuggler's Song

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If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse's feet,
Don't go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street.
Them that ask no questions isn't told a lie.
Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark --
Brandy for the Parson,
'Baccy for the Clerk;
Laces for a lady, letters for a spy,
And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

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Dawn Vincent 23 March 2010

First heard this poem from my sister, reciting it to me when I was 9/10yrs old, during a stormy night, (thunder and lighting) loved the visions it gave me as I drifted off to sleep listening to my sister's voice.

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Khairul Ahsan 20 October 2020

Loved your comment, loved the reminiscence of your sister's sweet memory.

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Charley P 02 December 2007

I must have been about 10 when I discovered this poem, and I read it so many times I ended up being able to recite it. I just love the way Rudyard Kipling's words flow with such unstoppable rhythm - he is my favourite poet and this is my favourite poem.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 08 November 2016

Laces for a lady, letters for a spy. Wonderful conceptualization. Thanks for sharing.

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A.Tinkler 04 August 2019

A poem I've known since childhood, (a long time ago) still holds hard in my memory.

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Khairul Ahsan 20 October 2020

What a beautiful poem! A worthy selection as the 'Poem of the Day'! Loved the refrain: And watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by!

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Mahtab Bangalee 20 October 2020

Trusty's here, and Pincher's here, and see how dumb they lie - They don't fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by! //// excellent poem penned

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Ricky Manhatten 20 October 2020

Watch the wall, my darling, while the Gentlemen go by....Nicely thought.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 20 October 2020

Amazing poet Rudyard Kipling who is ranked #21 on top 500 poets on date 20, October 2020 is a brilliant poet. His poem, " A Smuggler's Song is perfectly penned. A man should be gentleman as per his expression. Wonderful poem of the day is chosen.

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Richard Wlodarski 20 October 2020

Probably a favourite poem of Al Capone!

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