RIP Old Soldier

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  1. It is with great regret that one of Britains finest has been on his last parade.

    Goodbye Private Sponge

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  2. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Now that is sad, but rather nice too. Goodbye to a spear carrier.
     
  3. Sad... But one wonders how good a friend Jimmy Perry might have been if he "spotted" him... :?
     
  4. RIP
    All the world's a stage,
    And all the men and women merely players:

    They have their exits and their entrances;
    And one man in his time plays many parts,
    His acts being seven ages.

    At first the infant,
    Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.

    And then the whining school-boy, with his satchel
    And shining morning face, creeping like snail
    Unwillingly to school.

    And then the lover,
    Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
    Made to his mistress' eyebrow.

    Then a soldier,
    Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
    Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
    Seeking the bubble reputation
    Even in the cannon's mouth.

    And then the justice,
    In fair round belly with good capon lined,
    With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
    Full of wise saws and modern instances;

    And so he plays his part.

    The sixth age shifts
    Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
    With spectacles on nose and pouch on side,
    His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
    For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
    Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
    And whistles in his sound.

    Last scene of all,
    That ends this strange eventful history,
    Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
    Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.
     
  5. BuggerAll

    BuggerAll LE Reviewer Book Reviewer

    He did National Service after the war and was part of the occupation of Japan. I think he and his fellows opn Dad's Army also did a great service to the memory of the men (and women) who volunteered to defend this country in the Home guard. RIP.
     
  6. R.I.P. Pte Sponge