By Rudyard Kipling
First accrued in 1892, Kipling's Barrack-Room Ballads relive the studies of infantrymen despatched all over the world to protect the Empire-all for little pay and no more appreciation. a right away good fortune, they have been in contrast to whatever the general public had visible earlier than.
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The uniform ’e wore Was nothin’ much before, An’ rather less than ’arf o’ that be’ind, For a piece o’ twisty rag An’ a goatskin water-bag Was all the field-equipment ’e could find. ’’° Till our throats were bricky-dry, Then we wopped ’im ’cause ’e couldn’t serve us all. It was ‘‘Din! Din! Din! You ’eathen, where the mischief ’ave you been? ’’ ’E would dot an’ carry one Till the longest day was done; An’ ’e didn’t seem to know the use o’ fear. If we charged or broke or cut, You could bet your bloomin’ nut, ’E’d be waitin’ fifty paces right flank rear.
Now remember when you’re ’acking round a gilded Burma god That ’is eyes is very often precious stones; An’ if you treat a nigger to a dose o’ cleanin’-rod ’E’s like to show you everything ’e owns. When ’e won’t prodooce no more, pour some water on the floor Where you ’ear it answer ’ollow to the boot (Cornet: Toot! )— When the ground begins to sink, shove your baynick° down the chink, An’ you’re sure to touch the— (Chorus) Loo! loo! Lulu! Loot! loot! loot! Ow the loot! . When from ’ouse to ’ouse you’re ’unting, you must always work in pairs— It ’alves the gain, but safer you will find— For a single man gets bottled on them twistywisty stairs, An’ a woman comes and clobs ’im from be’ind.
Er petticoat was yaller an’ ’er little cap was green, An’ ’er name was Supi-yaw-lat—jes’ the same as Theebaw’s Queen,° 12 Supi-yaw-lat . . Theebaw’s Queen title of the chief queen of King Tibaw, who ruled Burma during the Third Burmese war of 1885. ’’) 40 5 10 Mandalay An’ I seed her first a-smokin’ of a whackin’ white cheroot, An’ a-wastin’ Christian kisses on an ’eathen idol’s foot: Bloomin’ idol made o’mud— Wot they called the Great Gawd Budd—° Plucky lot she cared for idols when I kissed ’er where she stud!