by John McGivering)
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The Earth gave up her dead that tide,Philip Holberton writes The verses echo the story. A long-lost officer, who has been a prisoner of the Russians for 30 years, finds his way back to his regiment but dies from his sufferings. The White Hussars vow to take their revenge when the long-expected war with Russia comes.
Into our camp he came,
And said his say, and went his way,
And left our hearts aflame.
Keep tally—on the gun-butt score
The vengeance we must take,
When God shall bring full reckoning,
For our dead comrade’s sake.