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There's 'er nick on the cavalry 'orses,
There's 'er mark on the medical stores-
An' 'er troopers you'll find with a fair wind be'ind
That takes us to various wars.
(Poor beggars!-barbarious wars!)

Then 'ere's to the Widow at Windsor,
An' 'ere's to the stores an' the guns,

The men an' the 'orses what makes up the forces
O' Missis Victorier's sons.
(Poor beggars! Victorier's sons!)

Walk wide o' the Widow at Windsor,

For 'alf o' Creation she owns:

We 'ave bought 'er the same with the sword an' the flame, An' we've salted it down with our bones.

(Poor beggars!-it's blue with our bones!)

Hands off o' the sons o' the widow,

Hands off o' the goods in 'er shop,

For the Kings must come down an' the Emperors frown
When the Widow at Windsor says "Stop!"

(Poor beggars! we're sent to say "Stop!")

Then 'ere 's to the Lodge o' the Widow,

From the Pole to the Tropics it runs

To the Lodge that we tile with the rank an' the file,
An' open in form with the guns.
(Poor beggars!-it's always they guns!)

We 'ave "eard o' the Widow at Windsor,
It's safest to leave 'er alone:

For 'er sentries we stand by the sea an' the land
Wherever the bugles are blown.

(Poor beggars!-an' don't we get blown!) Take 'old o' the Wings o' the Mornin',

An' flop round the earth till you're dead;
But you won't get away from the tune that they play
To the bloomin' old rag over'ead.

(Poor beggars!-it 's 'ot over'ead!)

Then 'ere 's to the sons o' the Widow,
Wherever, 'owever they roam.
'Ere's all they desire, an' if they require
A speedy return to their 'ome.

(Poor beggars!-they'll never see 'ome!)


THERE was a row in Silver Street that's near to Dublin Quay,

Between an Irish regiment an' English cavalree;

It started at Revelly an' it lasted on till dark:

The first man dropped at Harrison's, the last forninst the


For it was: "Belts, belts, belts, an' that's one for you!"

An' it was "Belts, belts, belts, an' that's done for you!"

O buckle an' tongue

Was the

song that we sung

From Harrison's down to the Park!

There was a row in Silver Street—the regiments was out, They called us "Delhi Rebels," an' we answered "Threes about!"

That drew them like a hornet's nest-we met them good an' large,

The English at the double an' the Irish at the charge.
Then it was:-"Belts, &c."

There was a row in Silver Street-an' I was in it too;
We passed the time o' day, an' then the belts went whirraru!
I misremember what occurred, but, subsequint the storm,
A Freeman's Journal Supplemint was all my uniform.
O it was: "Belts, &c."

There was a row in Silver Street-they sent the Polis there,
The English were too drunk to know, the Irish did n't care;
But when they grew impertinint we simultaneous rose,
Till half o' them was Liffey mud an' half was tatthered clo'es.
For it was:-"Belts, &c."

There was a row in Silver Street-it might ha' raged till now, But some one drew his side-arm clear, an' nobody knew how; 'T was Hogan took the point an' dropped; we saw the red blood run:

An' so we all was murderers that started out in fun.
While it was: "Belts, &c."

There was a row in Silver Street-but that put down the shine,

Wid each man whisperin' to his next:-"'T was never work o' mine!"

We went away like beaten dogs, an' down the street we bore him,

The poor dumb corpse that couldn't tell the bhoys were sorry for him.

When it was:-"Belts, &c."

There was a row in Silver Street-it isn't over yet,
For half of us are under guard wid punishments to get;
'T is all a merricle to me as in the Clink I lie:

There was a row in Silver Street-begod, I wonder why! But it was:-"Belts, belts, belts, an' that's one for you!"

An' it was "Belts, belts, belts, an' that's done for


O buckle an' tongue

Was the song that we sung

From Harrison's down to the Park!


WHEN the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,
An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased
Ere 'e 's fit for to serve as a soldier.

Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
So-oldier of the Queen!

Now all you recruities what's drafted to-day,
You shut up your rag-box an' 'ark to my lay,
An' I'll sing you a soldier as far as I may:
A soldier what's fit for a soldier.
Fit, fit, fit for a soldier

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First mind you steer clear o' the grog-sellers' huts,
For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts-
Ay, drink that 'ud eat the live steel from your butts-
An' it's bad for the young British soldier.
Bad, bad, bad for the soldier

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When the cholera comes-as it will past a doubt-
Keep out of the wet and don't go on the shout,
For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out,
An' it crumples the young British soldier.
Crum-, crum-, crumples the soldier

But the worst o' your foes is the sun over❜ead:
You must wear your 'elmet for all that is said:
If 'e finds you uncovered 'e'll knock you down dead,
An' you'll die like a fool of a soldier.

Fool, fool, fool of a soldier

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If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
Don't grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;
Be handy and civil, and then you will find

That it's beer for the young British soldier.
Beer, beer, beer for the soldier

Now, if you must marry, take care she is old-
A troop-sergeant's widow's the nicest, I'm told,
For beauty won't help if your rations is cold,
Nor love ain't enough for a soldier.
'Nough, 'nough, 'nough for a soldier

If the wife should go wrong with a comrade, be loth
To shoot when you catch 'em-you'll swing, on my oath!—
Make 'im take 'er and keep 'er: that's Hell for them both,
An' you're shut o' the curse of a soldier.
Curse, curse, curse of a soldier

When first under fire an' you're wishful to duck
Don't look nor take 'eed at the man that is struck.
Be thankful you're livin', and trust to your luck
And march to your front like a soldier.
Front, front, front like a soldier

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When 'arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch,
Don't call your Martini a cross-eyed old bitch;
She's human as you are-you treat her as sich,

An' she'll fight for the young British soldier.
Fight, fight, fight for the soldier

When shakin' their bustles like ladies so fine,
The guns o' the enemy wheel into line,
Shoot low at the limbers an' don't mind the shine,
For noise never startles the soldier.

Start-, start-, startles the soldier

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