Tuesday, February 01, 2011

To Our Sporting Man by Gladys I Wallis.

I love this poem, published in the Eastbourne Gazette in September 1914; it really captures the patriotic fervour of those early days.

To Our Sporting Man by Gladys I Wallis

Why are you playing and watching
Cricket and tennis here?
Why are you hesitating
When your country’s need is clear?

Lay down your bat and racket
And if need be lay down your life
Your King and Country are calling
You’re wanted to end this strife.

Then when you’ve beaten the Germans
They’ll be time enough for play.
So hasten to answer the call, boys
If you are sporting at all – JOIN TO-DAY

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