BETA

THE FUSILIERS’ DOG

(LATELY RUN OVER, AFTER HAVING GONE THROUGH THE CRIMEAN CAMPAIGN.)

Go lift him gently from the wheels,1
And soothe his dying pain,2
For love and care e’en yet he feels,3
Though love and care be vain ;4
’Tis sad that, after all these years,5
Our comrade and our friend,6
The brave dog of the Fusiliers,7
Should meet with such an end.8
Up Alma’s hill, among the vines,9
We laughed to see him trot,10
Then frisk along the silent lines,11
To chase the rolling shot :12
And, when the work waxed hard by day,13
And hard and cold by night ;14
When that November morning lay15
Upon us, like a blight,16
And eyes were strained, and ears were
bent,
17
Against the muttering north,18
Till the grey mist took shape, and sent19
Grey scores of Russians forth20
Beneath that slaughter wild and grim,21
Nor man nor dog would run ;22
He stood by us, and we by him,23
Till the great fight was done.24
And right throughout the snow and
frost
25
He faced both shot and shell ;26
Though unrelieved, he kept his post,27
And his duty well.28
By death on death the time was stained,29
By want, disease, despair ;30
Like autumn leaves our army waned,31
But still the dog was there :32
He cheered us through those hours of
gloom ;
33
We fed him in our dearth ;34
Through him the trench’s living tomb35
Rang loud with reckless mirth ;36
And thus, when peace returned once more,37
After the city’s fall,38
That veteran home in pride we bore,39
And loved him, one and all.40
With ranks re-filled, our hearts were sick,41
And to old memories clung ;42
The grim ravines we left glared thick43
With death-stones of the young.44
Hands which had patted him Jay chill,45
Voices which called were dumb,46
And footsteps that he watched for still47
Never again could come.48
Never again ; this world of woe49
‘Still hurries on so fast ;50
They come not back, ’tis he must go51
To join them in the past :52
There, with brave names and deeds en-
twined,
53
Which Time may not forget,54
Young Fusiliers unborn shall find55
The legend of our pet.56
Whilst o’er fresh years, and other life57
Yet in God’s mystic urn,58
The picture of the mighty strife59
Arises sad and stern60
Blood all in front, behind far shrines61
With women weeping low,62
For whom each lost one’s fame but shines,63
As shines the moon on snow64
Marked by the medal, his of right,65
And by his kind keen face,66
Under that visionary light67
Poor Bob shall keep his place ;68
And never may our honoured Queen69
For love and service pay,70
Less brave, less patient, or more mean71
Than his we mourn to-day !72