Soldier's Lament, The
DESCRIPTION: "Beneath a far Australian sky an Irish soldier lay." As he is dying he thinks of his boyhood in Ireland and asks to be buried there. "My dying prayer -- May God bless the island of the brave!"
EARLIEST DATE: 1952 (Peacock)
KEYWORDS: homesickness death Australia Ireland lament nonballad patriotic soldier
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peacock, p. 163, "The Soldier's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
NOTES [41 words]: This appears, on its face, to be derived from On Buena Vista's Battlefield or one of its relatives (or, perhaps Will Hays's "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh" [Laws A15]). But which, and how it came to be as it is (in Canada, no less), I do not know. - RBW
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