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An Austrian army awfully arrayed.
      - Unattributed Author,
        poem arranged with "apt alliteration's artful aid", first appeared in "The Trifler", May 7, 1817, printed at Winchester, England, found in "Bentley's Miscellany", March, 1838

The king of France with twenty thousand men
  Went up the hill, and then came down again:
    The king of Spain with twenty thousand more
      Climbed the same hill the French had climbed before.
      - Unattributed Author,
        from Sloane Manuscript 1489, written time of Charles I

A thousand leagues of ocean, a company of kings,
  You came across the watching world to show how heroes die.
    When the splendour of your story
      Builds the halo of its glory,
        'Twill belt the earth like Saturn's rings
          And diadem the sky.
      - Unattributed Author, "M.R.C.S.",
        in "Anzac", on Colonial Soldiers, 1919

Terrible he rode alone,
  With his yemen sword for aid;
    Ornament it carried none
      But the notches on the blade.
      - Unattributed Author,
        The Death Feud--An Arab War Song
         (st. 14),
        in "Tait's Edinburgh Magazine", July, 1850, translation signed J.S.M.

O Dormer, how can I behold thy fate,
  And not the wonders of thy youth relate;
    How can I see the gay, the brave, the young,
      Fall in the cloud of war, and lie unsung!
        In joys of conquest he resigns his breath,
          And, filled with England's glory, smiles in death.
      - Joseph Addison, Campaign--To Philip Dormer

"I cannot bear it!" said the pewter soldier. "I have shed pewter tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and lose arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot bear it longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from one's old thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have had a visit from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant thing in the end; I was at last about to jump down from the drawers."
      - Hans Christian Andersen, The Old House

God and a soldier all people adore
  In time of war, but not before;
    And when war is over and all things are righted,
      God is neglected and an old soldier slighted.
      - Anonymous,
        lines chalked on a sentry-bos on Europa Guard

O little Force that in your agony
  Stood fast while England girt her armour on,
    Held high our honour in your wounded hands,
      Carried our honour safe with bleeding feet--
        We have no glory great enough for you,
          The very soul of Britain keeps your day.
      - Anonymous,
        published in a London newspaper, 1917

See! There is Jackson standing like a stone wall.
      - Bernard Elliott Bee,
        Battle of Manassas (Bull Run)

Each year his mighty armies marched forth in gallant show,
  Their enemies were targets, their bullets they were tow.
      - Pierre Jean de Beranger, Le Roi d'Yvetor,
        (translation by Thackeray "The King of Brentford")

And the king of Israel answered and said, Tell him, Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.
      - Bible, I Kings (ch. XX, v. 11)

When the action was over and they were returning with joy, they recognized Nicanor, lying dead, in full armor.
      - Bible, II Maccabees (ch. XV, v. 28)

Howbeit he refused to turn aside: wherefore Abner with the hinder end of the spear smote him under the fifth rib, that the spear came out behind him; and he fell down there, and died in the same place: and it came to pass, that as many as came to the place when Asahel fell down and died stood still.
      - Bible, II Samuel (ch. II, v. 23)

And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt in the top of the rock Etam.
      - Bible, Judges (ch. XV, v. 8)

The warrior who cultivates his mind polishes his arms.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

The English Infantry is the most formidable in Europe, but fortunately there is not much of it.
  [Fr., L'infanterie anglaise est la plus redoubtable de l"Europe; heureusement, il n'y en a pas beaucoup.]
      - Thomas Robert duc d'Isly Bugeaud,
        Oeuvres Militaires, collected by Weil

You led our sons across the haunted flood,
  Into the Canaan of their high desire--
    No milk and honey there, but tears and blood
      Flowed where the hosts of evil trod in fire,
        And left a worse than desert where they passed.
      - Amelia Josephine Burr, To General Pershing

Ay me! what perils do environ
  The man that meddles with cold iron!
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 1)

A mere soldier, a mere tool, a kind
  Of human sword in a friend's hand.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Earth! render back from out thy breast
  A remnant of our Spartan dead!
    Of the three hundred grant but three,
      To make a new Thermopylae!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 86)

His breast with wounds unnumber'd riven,
  His back to earth, his face to heaven.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Giaour (l. 675)

For the army is a school in which the miser becomes generous, and the generous prodigal; miserly soldiers are like monsters, but very rarely seen.
      - Cervantes (Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra),
        Don Quixote (ch. XXXIX)

The knight's bones are dust,
  And his good sword rust;
    His soul is with the saints, I trust.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Knight's Tomb

How sleep the brave, who sink to rest,
  By all their country's wishes blest!
    . . . .
      By fairy hands their knell is rung,
        By forms unseen their dirge is sung.
      - William Collins, Ode, written in 1746

Back of the boy is Wilson,
  Pledge of his high degree,
    Back of the boy is Lincoln,
      Lincoln and Grant and Lee;
        Back of the boy is Jackson,
          Jackson and Tippecanoe,
            Back of each son is Washington,
              And the old red, white and blue!
      - Edmund Vance Cooke, Back of the Boy

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