Jessie Pope
A Royal Cracksman by Jessie Pope

A Royal Cracksman by Jessie Pope

When the housebreaking business is slack And cracksmen are finding it slow For all the sea-siders are back And a great many more didn't go Here's excellent news from the front And ...

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Captive Conquerors by Jessie Pope

Captive Conquerors by Jessie Pope

OH! Stuttgart Frauleins, and capacious Fraus, What shocking news is this that filters through? Have you been fostering domestic rows By casting, naughtily, glad eyes of blue At ...

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A Sing-Song by Jessie Pope

A Sing-Song by Jessie Pope

I. THE COMMAND To his crack army corps, 'twas the Kaiser who spoke : By Bavarians bold must the British be broke. 'Tis the hope of my heart they may meet you but once, To let the ...

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Captain Von Muller by Jessie Pope

Captain Von Muller by Jessie Pope

A Skipper of mark was Von Muller, The humorous naval leg-puller. With ubiquitous ease He raided the seas And his bag became fuller and fuller. Though now he is finally done, he ...

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An Overlord by Jessie Pope

An Overlord by Jessie Pope

Here's a prominent person I must write a verse on His ways are so strictly impartial, His power is great, His word carries weight In matters domestic and martial. He never takes ...

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Comrades In Arms-Lets by Jessie Pope

Comrades In Arms-Lets by Jessie Pope

Not theirs the popular uniform That takes the feminine heart by storm, And wins soft glances, shy or warm, The perquisites of pluck. But theirs the commonplace city kit, With a ...

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The Call by Jessie Pope

The Call by Jessie Pope

Who's for the trench-Are you, my laddie?Who'll follow French-Will you, my laddie?Who's fretting to begin,Who's going out to win?And who wants to save his skin-Do you, my ...

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Motor Martyrdom by Jessie Pope

Motor Martyrdom by Jessie Pope

I never have clung to a motor car, Or crouched on a motor bike. Worry and scurry, clank and jar I cordially dislike. I do not care for grimy hair, For engines that explode, But of ...

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Marching To Germany by Jessie Pope

Marching To Germany by Jessie Pope

Swing along together, lads ; we'll have a little song, Kits won't be so heavy and the way won't be so long. We're goin' to cook ' the Sossiges,' to cook 'em hot and strong While ...

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A Muff by Jessie Pope

A Muff by Jessie Pope

I wanted a muff On an up-to-date scale, Of some soft fluffy stuff, With a head and a tail; So simple and innocent-hearted I started to go to a sale. My muscles are tough, I'm not ...

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No! by Jessie Pope

No! by Jessie Pope

By bridge and battery, town and trench, They're fighting with bull-dog pluck; Not one, from Tommy to General French, Is down upon his luck. There are some who stand and some who ...

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The Niggers by Jessie Pope

The Niggers by Jessie Pope

When Sibyl sits upon the beach With Kate and Madeline, Dick, Tom and Jack, the swain of each, Loll gloomily between, With savage glances at the throng Of stripe-bedizened figures ...

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A Humble Appeal by Jessie Pope

A Humble Appeal by Jessie Pope

She was a pretty, nicely mannered mare, The children's pet, the master's pride and care, Until a man in khaki came one day, Looked at her teeth, and hurried her away. With other ...

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De Wet by Jessie Pope

De Wet by Jessie Pope

Foe and friend and foe again, Turning coat and turning yet, That's a feat you don't disdain, De Wet. England's easy, England's kind, Quick to pardon and forget. There's a limit, ...

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Silent Camp by Jessie Pope

Silent Camp by Jessie Pope

In heaven, a pale uncertain star, Through sullen vapour peeps, On earth, extended wide and far, In all the symmetry of war, A weary army sleeps. The heavy-hearted pall of night ...

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Little And Good by Jessie Pope

Little And Good by Jessie Pope

Young Thompson was a bit too short, But hard as nails and level-headed, And in his soul the proper sort Of dogged pluck was deeply bedded ; To join the ranks he almost ran, But ...

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The Knitting Song by Jessie Pope

The Knitting Song by Jessie Pope

SOLDIER lad, on the sodden ground,Sailor lad on the seas,Can't you hear a little clicketty soundStealing across on the breeze?It's the knitting-needles singing their songAs they ...

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Lights Out by Jessie Pope

Lights Out by Jessie Pope

Darkness expectant, discreet Only a lamp here and there, Gloom in the clattering street, Stygian black in the square; Dazzling fascias and fronts, Scintillant sky-scrapers ...

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Socks by Jessie Pope

Socks by Jessie Pope

Shining pins that dart and clickIn the fireside’s sheltered peaceCheck the thoughts the cluster thick -20 plain and then decrease.He was brave – well, so was I –Keen and merry, ...

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The Blackest Lie by Jessie Pope

The Blackest Lie by Jessie Pope

Big bully Belgium, Breathing blood and flame, Crafty as a serpent In a cunning game, Sent a note to England, Sent a note to France, 'Let us crush the Fatherland While we have the ...

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Who’s For The Game? by Jessie Pope

Who’s For The Game? by Jessie Pope

Who’s for the game, the biggest that’s played, The red crashing game of a fight? Who’ll grip and tackle the job unafraid? And who thinks he’d rather sit tight? Who’ll toe the line ...

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Another Pair Of Sleeves by Jessie Pope

Another Pair Of Sleeves by Jessie Pope

Time was, not very long ago, When Mabel's walking skirt Trailed half a yard behind to show How well she swept the dirt. But 'short and sweet' are in again ; No more the grievance ...

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Loot! by Jessie Pope

Loot! by Jessie Pope

When Blucher helped us make an end Of Bonaparte, the common foe, He came to England as a friend, About a hundred years ago. The sight of London fired his breast, He gazed with ...

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April Antidotes by Jessie Pope

April Antidotes by Jessie Pope

In the nonage of the year, When anemones appear, And the buffets of the breeze are soft as silk, When each sparrow spars and heckles, I begin to think of freckles, And of ...

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“bobs” by Jessie Pope

“bobs” by Jessie Pope

The call came in the stormy night, Beneath a stranger's sky. The soldier of a life-long fight, Still fighting, went to die. His country's honour was his goal; Patient, unswerving, ...

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The K A Boys by Jessie Pope

The K A Boys by Jessie Pope

Dr-rud dr-rud dr-rud dr-rudKitchener's Army on the march Through Marylebone and Marble Arch, Men in motley, so to speak, Been in training about a week, Swinging easy, toe and ...

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Play The Game by Jessie Pope

Play The Game by Jessie Pope

Twenty-Two stalwarts in stripes and shorts Kicking a ball along, Set in a square of leather-lunged sports Twenty-two thousand strong, Some of them shabby, some of them spruce, ...

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Love’s Sacrifice by Jessie Pope

Love’s Sacrifice by Jessie Pope

When I asked my dear Edwin to shave I'd never a thought of denial; He'd been such an absolute slave, I put his devotion on trial. But his eye threw a sinister dart, His features ...

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Love In A Mist by Jessie Pope

Love In A Mist by Jessie Pope

Beneath an Ilfracombe machine, While thunderstorms were raging, Strephon and Chloe found the scene Exceedingly engaging; Though Mother Earth reproached the skies With flinging ...

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Anzac by Jessie Pope

Anzac by Jessie Pope

We know that you’re sportsmen, with reason, At footer and cricket you’re crack;I haven’t forgotten the season When we curled up before the “All Blacks.”In the matter of wielding ...

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Snowflakes by Jessie Pope

Snowflakes by Jessie Pope

A little curly-headed god Through asphodel came creeping, Found Mother Juno on the nod, And safely slipped her keeping. Away he frolicked, full of mirth, Until he glanced in pity ...

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The Clerk Of The Weather by Jessie Pope

The Clerk Of The Weather by Jessie Pope

Re: HEAT WAVE Dear Sir, we've had enough. Do you forget, I think you do, perhaps, Our temperate position on the maps? Daily we mourn the collar's swift collapse, The limp and ...

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The Nut’s Birthday by Jessie Pope

The Nut’s Birthday by Jessie Pope

When Gilbert’s birthday came last spring,Oh! How our brains were rackedTo try to find a single thingOur languid dear one lacked;For, since he nestled at his easeUpon the lap of ...

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Three Jolly Huntsmen by Jessie Pope

Three Jolly Huntsmen by Jessie Pope

Three jolly, old huntsmen, Joe, Jerry, Jim, Took lunch at 'The Three Cornered Hat'; Now Jerry was lanky, but Joe wasn't slim, And Jim was delightfully fat. They sat at the table ...

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The Outpost by Jessie Pope

The Outpost by Jessie Pope

The dying sunset's slanting rays Incarnadine the soldier's deed, His sturdy countenance betrays The bull-dog breed. Not his to shun the stubborn fight, The struggle against cruel ...

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Crumbs Of Comfort by Jessie Pope

Crumbs Of Comfort by Jessie Pope

When Gladys comes a whisper wakes,A sudden thrill prevails,She holds the eyes of men, and takesThe wind out of our sails.In spite of every art we use,Their bosoms she ...

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A Sore Point by Jessie Pope

A Sore Point by Jessie Pope

It was clear that poor Richard was out of the running, His mortification he could not disguise. She flirted with Edward, the company shunning, Soul leaping to soul through their ...

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War Girls by Jessie Pope

War Girls by Jessie Pope

'There's the girl who clips your ticket for the train, And the girl who speeds the lift from floor to floor, There's the girl who does a milk-round in the rain, And the girl who ...

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A Vain Appeal by Jessie Pope

A Vain Appeal by Jessie Pope

Now, Angelina, put it down. Let me entreat you not to smoke it; You dread your Edwin's lightest frown, Or so you say well, don't provoke it. No No I'm serious just now, Great ...

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An Anzac Poem by Jessie Pope

An Anzac Poem by Jessie Pope

Why do we cheer those brown-faced boys with pride,Why do dense crowds press round on every side,Why do we throw them flowers, our hearts aglow?Well—turn a minute to three years ...

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The Nut by Jessie Pope

The Nut by Jessie Pope

He used to get, when in civilian state, His tea and shaving water, sharp, at eight. Then ten delicious minutes would be spent In one last snooze of exquisite content. That cosy ...

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A Cossack Charge by Jessie Pope

A Cossack Charge by Jessie Pope

Cossacks they're coming! The eager hoofs are drumming, On glinting steel the autumn sunlight glances. The distant mass draws nearer, The surging line shows clearer An angry, ...

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The Lads Of The Maple Leaf by Jessie Pope

The Lads Of The Maple Leaf by Jessie Pope

RIPE for any adventure, sturdy, loyal and game,Quick to the call of the Mother, the young Canadians came.Eager to show their mettle, ready to shed their blood,They bowed their ...

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An Anzac Cap by Jessie Pope

An Anzac Cap by Jessie Pope

It hangs on the wall, a trifle battered,The wire is warped and the lining tattered.And the leather inside shows speakingly howIt’s been wet with the sweat of a soldier’s ...

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The Zeppelin Armada by Jessie Pope

The Zeppelin Armada by Jessie Pope

'TO-DAY, since Zeppelins are in the air, And folks glance skywards as they go their ways, Let us hark back a bit to an affair That happened in Queen Bess's sturdy days, When the ...

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To A Stout Shepherdess by Jessie Pope

To A Stout Shepherdess by Jessie Pope

Dear lady, are you open to a hint As down our sober pavement you display A costume reminiscent of a print Of Valenciennes and shepherdesses gay? When Watteau, master of Rococo ...

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Cobbers by Jessie Pope

Cobbers by Jessie Pope

They were “cobbers,” that’s Anzac for chum. But it means rather more than we mean – A friendship that will not succumb, Though distance or death intervene.Adventure, success, ...

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The Two Goliaths by Jessie Pope

The Two Goliaths by Jessie Pope

GOLIATH was a giant, the bully of his side, His coat of mail was brazen, his face was fierce with pride; And when a shepherd stripling to challenge him was fain, Eleven-foot ...

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A Valentine [from An Old Lover] by Jessie Pope

A Valentine [from An Old Lover] by Jessie Pope

Estelle, when you and I were rising nine Perhaps you'd rather I suppressed the date I spent a shilling on a valentine And left it for you at the garden gate. Therein my heart was ...

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The War Budget by Jessie Pope

The War Budget by Jessie Pope

Hodge waded through the weekly news, 'The Income Tax, he said, 'That's nowt to me, I shallunt lose, 'Twill hit the boss instead. Lloyd George he be the man for I, Us poor have ...

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