(Made Yeomanry towards End of Boer War)
ONLY two African kopjes,
Only the cart-tracks that wind
Empty and open between ’em,
Only the Transvaal behind;
Only an Aldershot column
Marching to conquer the land . . . .
Only a sudden and solemn
Visit, unarmed, to the Rand.
Then scorn not the African kopje,Only two African kopjes,
Only the vultures above,
Only baboons—at the bottom (1) ,
Only some buck on the move;
Only a Kensington draper
Only pretending to scout . . . .
Only bad news for the paper,
Only another knock-out.
Then mock not the African kopje,Only two African kopjes,
Only the dust of their wheels,
Only a bolted commando,
Only our guns at their heels . . . .
Only a little barb-wire,
Only a natural fort,
Only “by sections retire,”
Only “regret to report!”
Then mock not the African kopje.Only two African kopjes .
Baited the same as before—
Only we’ve had it so often,
Only we’re taking no more . . . .
Only a wave to our troopers,
Only our flanks swinging past,
Only a dozen voorloopers (2) ,
Only we’ve learned it at last!
Then mock not the African kopje,O mock not the African kopje,
Not even when peace has been signed—
The kopje that isn’t a kopje—
The kopje that copies its kind.
You can never be sure of your kopje,
But of this be you blooming well sure,
That a kopje is always a kopje,
And a Boojer is always a Boer!
(1) Showing that men are at the top
(2) leading horsemen of the Boers