2] blinkin': mild swear word.
7] dahn: down.
12] tack: way.
21] Blighty: England, home.
24] ward: hospital room with multiple patient beds.
29] M.O.: medical officer.
39] Jerries: German soldiers.
44] From Jesus' description of the last judgment, especially Matthew 25: 34-40:
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
for I was ahungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee ahungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Rev. Studdert Kennedy, M.C., C.F. ("Woodbine Willy"),
More Rough Rhymes of a Padre (London:
Hodder and Stoughton, 1919): 9-10. 1919 (5) 168 Cambridge University Library
First publication date: 1919
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/10
Rhyme: mainly abcbdefe ...
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