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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
“The Service Man”
 
(Boer War, 1899)

“TOMMY” you was when it began,
  But now that it is o’er
You shall be called The Service Man
  ’Enceforward, evermore.
 
Batt’ry, brigade, flank, centre, van,        5
  Defaulter, Army-corps
From first to last, The Service Man
  ’Enceforward, evermore.
 
From ’Alifax to ’Industan,
  From York to Singapore        10
’Orse, foot, an’ guns, The Service Man
  ’Enceforward, evermore!
 
 
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