(Rudyard Kipling)






Barrack-Room Ballads. 48. The Instructor. Non-Commissioned Officers of the Line


At times when under cover I ave said,
To keep my spirits up an' raise a laugh,
Earin 'im pass so busy over-ead 
Old Nickel-Neck, oo isn't on the Staff  
Theres one above is greater than us all.

Before im I ave seen my Colonel fall,
An watched im write my Captains epitaph,
So that a long way off it could be read 
He as the knack o makin men feel small 
Old Whistle Tip, oo isnt on the Staff.

There is no sense in fleein (I ave fled),
Better go on an do the belly-crawl,
An ope ell it some other man instead
Of you e seems to unt so speshual 
Fitzy van Spitz, oo isnt on the Staff.

An thus in memrys cinematograph,
Now that the show is over, I recall
The peevish voice an oary mushroom ead
Of  im we owned was greater than us all,
Oo give instruction to the quick an the dead 
The Shudderin Beggar  not upon the Staff!




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