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Your country needs you lads, let Lord Kitchener tell you more
Come forward, join the ranks and we’ll send you off to war
You’re fighting for salvation; you’ve got Jesus on your side
Remember that in battle; let the shepherd be your guide

Join up with your pals lads and march in time with pride
You’re Ulster Presbyterians, so, the lord with you abide
We’ll muster at the Shipyard so that everyone can see
Then continue to the Farmyards and the local Factory

You’re young, or even younger, than the army will allow
You look a little older since you smoke tobacco now
We’ll put you in a uniform and show you how to drill
We’ll teach you to be brave and then train you how to kill

Say goodbye to your family and prepare to sail away
You’ll fall in on the Western front and join the great affray
Although you may be seventeen, we’ve made you into men
Yet most of you will never see your mothers face again

Copyright © Leslie Wilson | Year Posted 2022


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Date: 7/28/2022 10:43:00 AM

Nicely penned poem highlighting the sadness, reality and futility of war, regards, Kevin
Date: 7/28/2022 10:02:00 AM

An interesting piece Leslie, very well penned with good rhyme and flow too. Regards, Gordon
Date: 7/28/2022 5:37:00 AM

Thanks for the poem, well said and true.