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Rhymes of a Red Cross Man by Robert W Service
1916 First US Edition, Barse & Hopkins,
Charles Wrenn Illustrations, Hardcover Book 192 pages
Measures 8.5 x 6 inches Weighs 1 pound

Condition: Good.
Front cover shows an first aid attendant looking through eye glasses on a field. Behind him a red cross hovers in the gilt sky. Cover has black lettering. 8 colour plates with annotated tissue guards.
Dedicated to the authors brother who died in action in 1916.
Bumped corners and lightly fraying at spine top and bottom. Was part of the Western Women's Club hence we have that stamped neatly on endpapers and residue from loan-card on both front and back endpapers.
Deckled edge pages.
CLEAN pages.
A strikingly beautiful edition and will display with intense charm and beauty.

CONTENTS
PAGE
FOREWORD . fu 7
THE CALL 9
THE FOOL . n
THE VOLUNTEER . 14
THE CONVALESCENT 16
THE MAN FROM ATHABASKA 18
THE RED RETREAT 24
THE HAGGIS OF PRIVATE MCPHEE ... 29
THE LARK . . S 3 7
THE ODYSSEY OF 'ERBERT 'IGGINS . . . .39
A SONG OF WINTER WEATHER 45
TIPPERARY DAYS . 47
FLEUREXTE . 1 1 ; 50
FUNK 55
OUR HERO . . . 57
MY MATE 59
MILKING TIME . . If 63
YOUNG FELLOW, MY LAD . . . . . .67
A SONG OF THE SANDBAGS . . . . . .70
ON THE WIRE 74
BILL'S GRAVE . . . 78
JEAN DESPREZ . ... . . . . . . 82
GOING HOME . . .90
COCOTTE 92

CONTENTS
MY BAY'NIT
CARRY ON !
OVER THE PARAPET .
THE BALLAD OF SOULFUL SAM
ONLY A BOCHE ....
PILGRIMS
MY PRISONER
TRI-COLOUR
A POT OF TEA . . .
THE REVELATION ....
GRAND-PERE .....
SON
THE BLACK DUDEEN . ? . . . . . . . 133
THE LITTLE PIOU-PIOU 137
BILL THE BOMBER . 139
THE WHISTLE OF SANDY MCGRAW . . .145
THE STRETCHER-BEARER 151
WOUNDED 153
FAITH . . . . . ....... *59
THE COWARD 160
MISSIS MORIARTY'S BOY ™4
MY FOE 166
MY JOB 171
THE SONG OF THE PACIFIST • . • • • •
THE TWINS 17
THE SONG OF THE SOLDIER-BORN 177
AFTERNOON TEA . ;V
THE MOURNERS
L/ENVOI

ILLUSTRATIONS
They only saw a bare-foot boy, with blanched and
twitching face;
They did not see within his eyes the glory of his race;
Frontispiece
PAGE
And the legs o* McPhun they were sturdy and stoot,
And McPhee on his back kept a bonnie look-oot . 34
When gently she bent her head:
" May I kiss you y sergeant?" she said 54
I've been sitthV, starin', starin' at 'is muddy pair of
boots,
And tryin' to convince meself it's 'im 59
Look] In the glory of sunshine yonder
They're bringing my blind boy in at the gate. . . 94
And my right arm it goes swingin' and a bomb it
goes a-slingin',
And that typewriter" goes wingin' in a thunder­
bolt of flame 144
And I swings that giddy old Maxim round
And belts 'em solid and square 1 163
His face looked strangely, as he died,
Like that of One they crucified 169

FOREWORD
Where rocket green and rocket red
In trembling pools of poising light
With flowers of flame festoon the night.
Ah me! by what dark ways of wrong
I've cheered my heart with scraps of song.
So here's my sheaf of war-won verse,
And some is bad, and some is worse.
And if at times I curse a bit.
You needn't read that part of it;
For through it all like horror runs
The red resentment of the guns.
And you yourself would mutter when
You took the things that once were men.
And sped them through that zone of hate
To where the dripping surgeons wait;
And wonder too if in God's sight
War ever, ever can be right.
Yet may it not be, crime and war
But effort misdirected are?
And if there's good in war and crime.
There may be in my bits of rhyme,
My songs from out the slaughter mill:
So take or leave them as you will*
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Rhymes of a Red Cross Man, Robert W Service, 1916 First US Edition, Barse & Hopkins, Charles Wrenn Illustrations, Hardcover Book

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