“We have done with Hope and Honour, we are lost to Love and Truth,
We are dropping down the ladder rung by rung,
And the measure of our torment is the measure of our youth.
God help us, for we knew the worst too young!
From “Gentleman Rankers” “The Barrack-Room Ballads and Other Verses”
Rudyard Kipling, (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936)
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