THE SOLDIER’S AMEN.

As a couple of good soldiers were walking one day,
Said one to the other: “Let’s kneel down and pray!
I’ll pray for the war, and good of all men:
And whatever I pray for, do you say ‘Amen!’”

“We’ll pray for the generals and all of their crew,
Likewise for the captains and lieutenants too;
May good luck and good fortune them always attend!
And return safely home;” said the soldier, “Amen!”

“We’ll pray for the privates, the noblest of all;
They do all the work and get no glory at all;
May good luck and good fortune them always attend,
And return crowned with laurels!” said the soldier, “Amen!”

“We’ll pray for the pretty boys who want themselves wives,
And have not the courage to strike for themselves;
May bad luck and bad fortune them always attend!
And go down to Old Harry!” said the soldier, “Amen!”

“We’ll pray for the pretty girls, who make us good wives,
And always look at a soldier with tears in their eyes;
May good luck and good fortune them always attend!
And brave gallants for sweethearts!” said the soldier, “Amen!”

“We’ll pray for the conscript, with frown on his brow,
To fight for his country he won’t take the vow;
May bad luck and bad fortune him always attend;
And die with dishonor!” said the soldier, “Amen!”