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SOLDIERS
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The muffled drum's sad roll has beat
  The soldier's last tattoo;
    No more on Life's parade shall meet
      The brave and fallen few.
        On Fame's eternal camping-ground
          Their silent tents are spread,
            And glory guards, with solemn round
              The bivouac of the dead.
      - Theodore O'Hara, The Bivouac of the Dead

Dogs, would you live forever?
  [Ger., Hunde, wollt ihr ewig leben?]
      - Old Saying,
        traditional saying of Frederick the Great to his troops at Kolin, June 18, 1757

Old soldiers never die;
  They fade away!
      - Old Song,
        war song, popular in England (1919)

Who passes down this road so late?
  Compagnon de la Majaloine?
    Who passes down this road so late,
      Always gay!
        Of all the King's Knights 'tis the flower,
          Compagnon de la Majaloine,
            Of all the King's Knights 'tis the flower,
              Always gay!
      - Old Song,
        Compagnon De la Majaloine--Old French Song

The more we work, the more we may,
  It makes no difference to our pay.
      - Old Song, We Are the Royal Sappers,
        war song, popular in England (1916)

The bragging soldier.
  [Lat., Miles gloriosus.]
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus),
        the title of a comedy

Though triumphs were to generals only due, crowns were reserved to grace the soldiers too.
      - Alexander Pope

The victor's pastime, and the sport of war.
      - Matthew Prior

But off with your hat and three times three for Columbia's true-blue sons;
  The men below who batter the foe--the men behind the guns!
      - John Jerome Rooney,
        The Men Behind the Guns

I want to see you shoot the way you shout.
      - Theodore Roosevelt,
        at the meeting of the Mayor's Committee on National Defense, Madison Square Garden, New York, Oct., 1917

'Tis a far, far cry from the "Minute-Men,"
  And the times of the buff and blue
    To the days of the withering Jorgensen
      And the hand that holds it true.
        'Tis a far, far cry from Lexington
          To the isles of the China Sea,
            But ever the same the man and the gun--
              Ever the same are we.
      - Edwin Legrand Sabin, The American Soldier,
        in "Munsey's Magazine", July, 1899

We are like cloaks,--one thinks of us only when it rains.
      - Hermann Maurice de Saxe, Marshal Saxe

Without a home must the soldier go, a changeful wanderer, and can warm himself at no home-lit hearth.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

The stern joy that warriors feel in foemen worthy of their steel.
      - Sir Walter Scott

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
  Dream of fighting fields no more:
    Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
      Morn of toll, nor night of waking.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto I, st. 31)

Although too much of a soldier among sovereigns, no one could claim with better right to be a sovereign among soldiers.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Life of Napoleon

Warriors!--and where are warriors found,
  If not on martial Britain's ground?
    And who, when waked with note of fire,
      Love more than they the British lyre?
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lord of the Isles
         (canto IV, st. 20)

Yet what can they see in the longest kingly line in Europe, save that it runs back to a successful soldier?
      - Sir Walter Scott, Woodstock (ch. XXXVII)

A soldier seeking the bubble reputation even in the cannon's mouth.
      - William Shakespeare

He is a soldier, fit to stand by Caesar
  And give direction.
      - William Shakespeare

This the soldier's life,
  To have their balmy slumbers wak'd with strife.
      - William Shakespeare

You may relish him more in the soldier than in the scholar.
      - William Shakespeare

You say, you are a better soldier:
  Let it appear so; make your vaunting true.
    And it shall please me well.
      - William Shakespeare

Then a soldier,
  Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
      Seeking the bubble reputation
        Even in the cannon's mouth.
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Jaques at II, vii)

A figure like your father,
  Armed at point exactly, cap-a-pe,
    Appears before them and with solemn march
      Goes slow and stately by them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Horatio at I, ii)


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