Prose & Poetry - The Muse in Arms - Low Germany
First published in London in November 1917 and reprinted in February 1918 The Muse in Arms comprised, in the words of editor E. B. Osborne:
"A collection of war poems, for the most part written in the field of action, by seamen, soldiers, and flying men who are serving, or have served, in the Great War".
Below is one of seven poems featured within the Songs section of the collection.
You can access other poems within the section via the sidebar to the right.
by Edward Shanks
To be sung to the tune of "High Germany"
No more the English girls
To follow with the drum,
But still they flock together
To see the soldiers come;
For horse and foot are marching by,
And the bold artillery:
They're going to the cruel wars
In Low Germany.
They're marching down by
lane and town
And they are hot and dry,
But as they marched together
I heard the soldiers cry:
"Oh all of us, both horse and foot,
And the proud artillery,
We're going to the merry wars
In Low Germany."
A "chit" was British slang for a piece of paper.
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