“The Blessed Zulu War”


"I love to tell the story As I've often told before How we fought in glory At the blessed Zulu war." The singer tells how Jack Smith is wounded in a bloody battle, and sends messages to mother and sweetheart before dying

Historical references

  • 1879 - The Zulu War. British forces annex Zululand, but only after a great deal of bungled fighting

Cross references

  • cf. "The Dying Soldier (Erin Far Away I)" [Laws J6] (plot) and references there


  1. Meredith/Covell/Brown, pp. 155-158, "The Blessed Zulu War" (2 texts, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #5362
  3. BI, MCB155


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1987
Found in: Australia