Every Man Should Have A Rifle

Discussion in 'Vintage Topic Archive (Sept - 2009)' started by SHOOTER Z, Dec 2, 2007.


    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

    Every Man Should Have A Rifle

    So I sit and write and ponder, while the house is deaf and dumb,
    Seeing visions "over yonder" of the war I know must come.
    In the corner - not a vision - but a sign for coming days
    Stand a box of ammunition and a rifle in green baize.
    And in this, the living present, let the word go through the land,
    Every tradesman, clerk and peasant should have these two things at hand.

    No - no ranting song is needed, and no meeting, flag or fuss -
    In the future, still unheeded, shall the spirit come to us!
    Without feathers, drum or riot on the day that is to be,
    We shall march down, very quiet, to our stations by the sea.
    While the bitter parties stifle every voice that warns of war,
    Every man should own a rifle and have cartridges in store!

    ~ by Henry Lawson, 1907 ~

    I found this on the web I have this on a sign in my room

  2. Ari

    Ari Guest

    Very nice
  3. hpman

    hpman Guest

    It's funny how things written 100, 200 and even longer ago can be as true now as they were then. Very good find.
  4. I love it, but risking the shame of ignorance, who is Henry Lawson?
  5. I love that poem i saw it once before. I think it was in a bar near base somwere...............darn i wish i could remeber......oh well great post! :D
  6. Thanks for posting that, shooter.

    SHOOTER Z Well-Known Member

    Your all welcome. And to think this was written by an Austrailian! I wonder what he would think now if he were still alive?
  8. Thanks shooter, when I come across a quote I like, I like to know a little something about the author. Great post.