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ODE ON THE DEATH OF HAIG'S HORSE: 7, by            
First Line: An army's voice! We have an army yet
Last Line: Our loyal passion for our tasteless kings.
Subject(s): Haig, Douglas. 1st Earl Haig (1861-1928); Military Service, Compulsory; Conscription; Military Draft; Selective Service


An army's voice! We have an army yet,
Tho' all men else their warlike dreams forget,
Confused by arty snobs and high-brow Powers;
Thank Him who isled us here, and roughly set
His Briton in blown froth and storming showers.
They've got a voice, with which to pay the debt
Of boundless hate and ignorance and regret
To those great nags they have preferred to ours —
Preferred to ours, O God, by brute control!
O soldiers, guard us, guard the pride, the soul
Of England, keep our equine honour whole
By saving one true steed of freedom, known
To cheer the people and our aged throne —
This gallant horseflesh out of which there springs
Our loyal passion for our tasteless kings.





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