(English Irregular, discharged)
ME THAT 'ave been what I've been--
Me that 'ave gone where I've gone--
Me that 'ave seen what I've seen--
'Ow can I ever take on
With awful old England again,
An' 'ouses both sides of the street,
And 'edges two sides of the lane,
And the parson an' gentry between,
An' touchin' my 'at when we meet--
Me that 'ave been what I've been?
Me that 'ave watched 'arf a world
'Eave up all shiny with dew,
Kopje * on kop * to the sun,
An' as soon as the mist let 'em through
Our 'elios winkin' like fun--
Three sides of a ninety-mile square, Over valleys as big as a shire-- 'Are ye there? Are ye there? Are ye there?'
An' then the blind drum of our fire . . .
An' I'm rollin' 'is lawns for the Squire,
Me that 'ave rode through the dark
Forty mile, often, on end,
Along the Ma'ollisberg Range, *
With only the stars for my mark
An' only the night for my friend,
An' things runnin' off as you pass,
An' things jumpin' up in the grass,
An' the silence, the shine an' the size
Of the 'igh, unexpressible skies--
I am takin' some letters almost
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Publication information: Book title: War Stories and Poems. Contributors: Rudyard Kipling - Author, Andrew Rutherford - Editor. Publisher: Oxford University Press. Place of publication: Oxford. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 219.
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