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Barrack-Room Ballads. 45. Columns. (Mobile Columns of the Boer War)


Out o the wilderness, dusty an dry
    	(Time, an igh time to be trekkin again!)
Oo is it eads to the Detail Supply?
  	A section, a pompom, an six undred men.

Ere comes the clerk with is lantern an keys
   	(Time, an igh time to be trekkin again!)
Surplus of everything  draw what you please
  	(For the section, the pompom, an six undred men.

What are our orders an where do we lay?
  	(Time, an igh time to be trekkin again!)
You came after dark  you will leave before day,
  	You section, you pompom, you six undred men!

Down the tin street, alf awake an unfed,
Ark to em blessin the Genral in bed!

Now by the church an the outspan they wind 
Over the ridge an its all lef beind
  	For the section, etc.

Soon they will camp as the dawns growin grey,
Roll up for coffee an sleep while they may 
   	The section, etc.

Read their ome letters, their papers an such,
For theyll move after dark to astonish the Dutch
  	With a section, etc.

Untin for shade as the long hours pass 
Blankets on rifles or burrows in grass,
  	Lies the section, etc.

Dossin or beatin a shirt in the sun,
Watching chameleons or cleanin a gun,
   	Waits the section, etc.

With nothin but stillness as far as you please,
An the silly mirage stringin islands an seas
 	Round the section, etc.

So they strips off their hide an they grills in their bones,
Till the shadows crawl out from beneath the pore stones
   	Toward the section, etc.

An the Mauser-bird stops an the jackals begin
A the orse-guard comes up and the Gunners ook in
   	As a int the pompom an six undred men.   .   .   .   

Off  through the dark with the stars to rely on 
(Alpha Centauri an somethin Orion)
    	Moves the section, etc.

Same bloomin ole which the ant-bear as broke,
Same bloomin stumble an same bloomin joke
    	Down the section, etc.

Same which is right? where the cart-tracks divide,
Same give it up from the same clever guide
    	To the section, etc.

Same tumble-down on the same idden farm,
Same white-eyed Kaffir oo gives the alarm
   	Of the section, etc.

Same shootin wild at the end o the night,
Same flyin-tackle, an same messy fight,
   	By the section, etc.

Same ugly iccup an same orrid squeal,
When its too dark to see an its too late to feel
   	In the section, etc.

(Same batch of prisoners, airy an still,
Watchin their comrades bolt over the ill
    	From the section, etc.)

Same chilly glare in the eye of the sun
As e gets up displeasured to see what was done
    	By the section, etc.

Same splash o pink on the stoep or the kraal,
An the same quiet face which as finished with all
  	In the section, the pompom, an six undred men.

Out o the wilderness, dusty an dry
  	(Time, an igh time to be trekkin again!)
Oo is it eads to the Detail Supply?
  	A section, a pompom, an six undred men.



:
  1. The Dying Chauffeur
  2. A History of England. 1911. 10. The King's Job
  3. L'Envoi (THERE 's a whisper down the field)
  4. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 17. Untimely
  5. Debits and Credits. (1919-1926). 6. Late Came the God




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