Notes on the text
These notes, by John McGivering, are partly new, and partly based on the ORG. The page and line numbers below refer to the Macmillan (London) Standard Edition of Soldiers Three and Other Stories, as published and frequently reprinted between 1899 and 1950.
We be Soldiers Three —[Title] The God from the machine From the Latin Deus ex machina; this was a "god" lowered unexpectedly from on high by stage machinery as originally used in the ancient Greek theatre, as a way of resolving a problem in the action of the drama. (Rather like the last-minute arrival of the Cavalry to save the day in Hollywood Westerns.)
Pardonnez-moi, je vous en prie (Pardon me, I beg you)
Lately come from the low country
With never a penny of money
Here good fellow I drink to thee...