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Thread #36510   Message #504521
Posted By: Joe_F
11-Jul-01 - 07:17 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Soldier and the Sailor (Soldier's Prayer)
Subject: ADD: Soldier's Litany
See also "Topman and Afterguard" in DigiTrad.

Here's another version -- can't remember where I learned it:

THE SOLDIER'S LITANY

A soldier and a sailor went walking one day.
Said the soldier to the sailor, "I've a notion to pray,
And if we say one prayer, then let us say ten.
Let's have a bloody litany!" Said the sailor, "Amen!"

"Well then, first of all, let us pray for some beer."
"Amen!" said the sailor, "May 't bring us good cheer!"
"And if we have one cask, then may we have ten!
Let's have a bloody brewery." Said the sailor, "Amen!"

"Then second of all, let us pray for a wench."
"Amen!" said the sailor, "and may she be French!"
"And if we have one wench, then may we have ten!
Let's have a bloody harem." Said the sailor, "Amen!"

"And then, next of all, let us pray for a boy."
"Amen!" said the sailor, "May he bring us great joy!"
"And if we have one boy, then may we have ten!
Let's have a bloody orphanage." Said the sailor, "Amen!"

"Well, then, next of all, let us pray for our queen,
And a jolly great mother to us she has been.
And if she have one brat, then may she have ten!
May she have a bloody army!" Said the sailor, "Amen!"

"And then, last of all, let us pray for our king,
And a bloody black bastard to us he has been.
And if he catch one dose, then may he catch ten!
May he have a bloody hospital!" Said the sailor, "Amen!"

-- I gather that, in the British Navy, there is no such thing as sedition so long as you sing it.