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Poem by Ellis Parker Butler


Song for Heroes


Captain OHare was a mariner brave;
He refused to abandon his ship;
A hero, he sleeps in a watery grave
And his widow is now Mrs. Bipp,
      Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Bipp!

Henri Dupont was a fearless young ace;
Five thousand feet up he was hit;
Each year on his grave pretty flowers we place
And his widow is now Mrs. Schmitt,
      Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Schmitt!

Corporal Dunn was a volunteer bold;
He plunged in the deadliest fray;
A bayonet thrust laid him out stony cold
And his widow is now Mrs. Gray,
      Haw! Haw!
His widow is now Mrs. Gray!

But Peter McGuck was a cowardly sneak,
Like a hound he remained home in fear;
When fishing one day he fell into the creek
And his widow is now Mrs. Greer,
      Haw! Haw! Haw!
Mrs. William OHoulihan Greer!



Ellis Parker Butler


Ellis Parker Butler's other poems:
  1. New England Magazine
  2. The Ballade of the Automobile
  3. The Rich Boys Christmas
  4. Why I Went to the Foot
  5. Cupid Caught Napping


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