Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A Voice From The Trenches


"Fancy Socks" of the stay-at-homes,
      What are you going to do?
There are blanks, in the files of the blood-stained miles
      Of the trenches we hold for you.

"Fancy Socks" of the stay-at-homes,
      Gird on your manhood, do!
We'll fight for the lives of your sweet-hearts and wives,
      But why should we fight for you?

"Fancy Socks" of the stay-at-homes,
      Double out to the fighting line;
Dare you disgrace a fighting race?
      Dare you the job decline?

"Fancy Socks" of the stay-at-homes,
      To your brothers, oh, be true;
We'll fight for the fame of old Lisburn's name,
      But why should we die for you?

Sergeant JAMES KELLY (of 2 Ballinahinch Road, Lisburn), Mesopotamia.

(As published in the Lisburn Standard of 8 March 1918)

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