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SOLDIERS
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My only ambition is to be first soldier of Italian independence.
      - Victor Emmanuel II

In this country it is found necessary now and then to put an admiral to death in order to encourage the others.
  [Fr., Dans ce pays-ci il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un admiral pour encourager les autres.]
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire),
        Candide (ch. XXIII)

Under the tricolor, long khaki files of them
  Through the Etoile, down the Champs Elysees
    Marched, while grisettes blew their kisses to miles of them,
      And only the old brushed the tear stains away--
        Out where the crows spread their ominous pinions
          Shadowing France from Nancy to Fay,
            Singing they marched 'gainst the Kaiser's gray minions,
              Singing the song of boyhood at play.
      - Charles Law Watkins,
        The Boys Who Never Grew Up,
        to the Foreign Legion, written on the Somme, Dec., 1916

Our youth has stormed the hosts of hell and won;
  Yet we who pay the price of their oblation
    Know that the greater war is just begun
      Which makes humanity the nations' Nation.
      - Willard Austin Wattles, The War at Home

Where are the boys of the old Brigade,
  Who fought with us side by side?
      - Frederic Edward Weatherly, The Old Brigade

Oh, a strange hand writes for our dear son--O, stricken mother's soul!
  All swims before her eyes--flashes with black--she catches the main words only;
    Sentences broken--gun-shot wound in the breast, cavalry skirmish, taken to hospital;
      At present low, but will soon be better.
      - Walt Whitman,
        Drum-Tape--Come up from the Fields, Father

Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
  As his corse to the rampart we hurried.
      - Rev. Charles Wolfe,
        The Burial of Sir John Moore at Carunna
         (st. 3)

Policy goes beyond strength, and contrivance before action; hence it is that direction is left to the commander, execution to the soldier, who is not to ask why, but to do what he is commanded.
      - Xenophon

Of boasting more than of a bomb afraid,
  A soldier should be modest as a maid.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame (satire IV)

Some for hard masters, broken under arms,
  In battle lopt away, with half their limbs,
    Beg bitter bread thro' realms their valour saved.
      - Edward Young, Night Thoughts
         (night I, l. 250)


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