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CANNON FODDER

j (Thus the War Party designate the rank and | file of the German army.) They are coming like a tempest, in their endless ranks of groy. While the world throws up a cloud of dust along their awful way, They’re the glorious cannon fodder of the mighty. Fatherland, Who shall make the kingdoms tremble and the nations understand. Tramp! tramp! tramp! the cannon fodder comes. God help the old; God help the young; God help the hearths and homes. TheyTi do his will that taught them, on "the earth and on the waves, Then, like faithful cannon fodder, still salute him from their graves. From the barrack and the fnrtrees they are pouring in a flood; They sweep, a herd of winter wolves, upon j the scent of blood; i For all their deeds of horror they are told that death atones, And their master’s harvest cannot spring till he has sowed their bones. Into beasts of prey he’s turned them; when they show their teeth and growl The lash is buried in their cheeks; they're slaughtered if they howl; To their bloody Lord of Battles must they only bend the knee, For hard as steel and fierce as hell should cannon fodder be. Scourge and curses are their portion, pain and hunger without end, ■EH they hail the yell of shrapnel as the welcome of a friend; They rape and bum, and laugh to hear the frantic women cry, . And do the devil's work to-day, but on the morrow die. A million souls, a million hearts, a mi Cion hopes and fears, A million million memories of partings and of tears ’ March along with cannon fodder to the agony of war. Have they lost their human birthright? Are they fellowmen no more? Tramp! tramp! tramp! the cannon foddor comes. God help the old; God help the young; God help the hearths and homes. TheyTi do his will that taught them, on the earth and on the waves, Then, like faithful cannon fodder, still salute him frem their graves. —‘ Punch,* October 7.

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CANNON FODDER, Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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CANNON FODDER Issue 15673, 11 December 1914

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