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Every Man Should Have a Rifle

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by 280PLUS, Mar 24, 2005.

  1. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Courtesy of and Thanx to THR Member fallingblock

    Every Man Should have a Rifle

    So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb,
    Seeing visions "over yonder" of the war I know must come.
    In the corner - not a vision - but a sign for coming days
    Stand a box of ammunition and a rifle in green baize.
    And in this, the living present, let the word go through the land,
    Every tradesman, clerk and peasant should have these two things at hand.

    No - no ranting song is needed, and no meeting, flag or fuss -
    In the future, still unheeded, shall the spirit come to us!
    Without feathers, drum or riot on the day that is to be,
    We shall march down, very quiet, to our stations by the sea.
    While the bitter parties stifle every voice that warns of war,
    Every man should own a rifle and have cartridges in store!

    Henry Lawson
  2. W Turner

    W Turner Active Member

    Jun 13, 2003
    Hillsboro, AL
    WOW.....if it was short enough, it would be my sig line....

  3. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    Here's another one, same author.

    Again thanx to fallingblock!

    As far as your Rifles Cover

    Do you think, you slaves of a thousand years to poverty, wealth and pride,
    You can crush the spirit that has been free in a land that's new and wide?
    When you've scattered the last of the farmer bands, and the war for a while is over,
    You will hold the land – ay, you'll hold the land – the land that your rifles cover.

    Till your gold has levelled each mountain range where a wounded man can hide,
    Till your gold has lighted the moonless night on the plains where the rebels ride;
    Till the future is proved, and the past is bribed from the son of the land's dead lover –
    You may hold the land – you may hold the land just as far as your rifles cover.

    Henry Lawson

    DSRUPTV New Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    Danville, VA
    Those are pretty good,,, The Robert Frost of the gun world.
  5. Boats

    Boats member

    Dec 29, 2002
    My favorite multi-use poem, as it is applicable as personal policy as well as national policy, good against gun grabbers, UN fetishists, and others who always seek our "compromise" without offering up anything in return:

    The Dane-Geld by Rudyard Kipling:

    It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
    To call upon a neighbour and to say:--
    "We invaded you last night--we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away."

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you've only to pay 'em the Dane-geld
    And then you'll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say:--
    "Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away."

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we've proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray;
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say:--

    "We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
    Nor matter how trifling the cost;
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that plays it is lost!"
  6. Bear Gulch

    Bear Gulch Participating Member

    Feb 19, 2005
    Good post and reminder, thanks.
  7. Husker1911

    Husker1911 Active Member

    Mar 24, 2005
    La Vista, NE. Alright, Lincoln on Game day Saturda
    More Kipling:

    Rudyard Kipling


    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 . . .

    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 . . .

    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 . . .

    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 loath
    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 . . .

    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 . . .

    If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white,
    Remember it's ruin to run from a fight:
    So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,
    And wait for supports like a soldier.
    Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . .

    When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
    An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    Go, go, go like a soldier,
    So-oldier ~of~ the Queen!
  8. 30 cal slob

    30 cal slob Senior Member

    Mar 2, 2004
    Location, Location!
    There once was a rifleman from Nantucket...

  9. Texian Pistolero

    Texian Pistolero member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Dalla-Foat Worth
    There once was a young soldier named Horatio,

    whose Colonel's young daughter gave earnest ....

  10. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    I always thought this part was from Hemmingway.

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
    And the women come out to cut up what remains,
    Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains"

    Guess I was wrong!

  11. Kor

    Kor Active Member

    Dec 24, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Ahem...please see my own signature. :neener:
  12. Control Group

    Control Group Active Member

    Feb 3, 2005
    Milwaukee, WI, Uniform Districts of America
    Kipling is without peer - I won't make the statement that there are no poets superior, but there are certainly no poets like him.

    For heathen heart that puts her trust
    In reeking tube and iron shard --
    All valiant dust that builds on dust,
    And guarding calls not Thee to guard.
    For frantic boast and foolish word,
    Thy Mercy on Thy People, Lord!

    -From Recessional

    Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
    Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
    An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
    Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
    Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
    But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
    The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
    O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.

    -From Tommy

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
    If all men count with you, but none too much;
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!

    -From If
  13. itgoesboom

    itgoesboom member

    Dec 24, 2002
    By the River
    Everyman should have a Rifle....

    A man is not a man without a rifle.

  14. 280PLUS

    280PLUS Senior Member

    Feb 14, 2003
    One missing,,,

    "This is my rifle, this is my gun..."



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