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Poem by Robert William Service


The Twins


There were two brothers, John and James,
And when the town went up in flames,
To save the house of James dashed John,
Then turned, and lo! his own was gone.

And when the great World War began,
To volunteer John promptly ran;
And while he learned live bombs to lob,
James stayed at home andsneaked his job.

John came home with a missing limb;
That didnt seem to worry him;
But oh, it set his brain awhirl
To find that James hadsneaked his girl!

Time passed. John tried his grief to drown;
To-day James owns one-half the town;
His army contracts riches yield;
And John? Well, search the Potters Field. 



Robert William Service


Robert William Service's other poems:
  1. Pullman Porter
  2. Trees against the Sky
  3. The Three Voices
  4. Mammy
  5. Young Mother


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Robert Browning The Twins ("Grand rough old Martin Luther")
  • Aleister Crowley The Twins ("Have pity! show no pity!")
  • Henry Leigh The Twins ("IN FORM and feature, face and limb")

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