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The Young British Soldier

Rating: 3.6
When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,
An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased
Ere 'e's fit for to serve as a soldier.
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
So-oldier ~OF~ the Queen!

Now all you recruities what's drafted to-day,
You shut up your rag-box an' 'ark to my lay,
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Ian M 06 March 2020
The last verse brings home the fact that 150 years has not changed certain people
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Eugene 07 February 2019
When did Kipling write this?
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Kevin 19 April 2021
Kipling wrote the poem in1890.
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Giles Goulding 14 July 2010
Of all Kipling's verse, his ones from the point of view of the rank and file soldiery stand out. The final verse of this poem is particularly poignant (and valid!) in view of the current war.
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Aaron La 10 July 2010
Well, in this poem, I mean.
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Aaron La 10 July 2010
He shows us how messed up humankind really is.
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Ali Augoo 29 July 2008
I first read this poem as a 17 YO Marine recruit. I carried Kipling's works with me for 24 years including two wars and countless expediditons. Found Kipling to be a good read no matter how many times.
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