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Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936).  Verse: 1885–1918.  1922.
 
Gethsemane
 
1914–18

THE GARDEN called Gethsemane
  In Picardy it was,
And there the people came to see
  The English soldiers pass.
We used to pass—we used to pass        5
  Or halt, as it might be,
And ship our masks in case of gas
  Beyond Gethsemane.
 
The Garden called Gethsemane,
  It held a pretty lass,        10
But all the time she talked to me
  I prayed my cup might pass.
The officer sat on the chair,
  The men lay on the grass,
And all the time we halted there        15
  I prayed my cup might pass.
 
It didn’t pass—it didn’t pass—
  It didn’t pass from me.
I drank it when we met the gas
  Beyond Gethsemane.        20
 
 
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