“The Soldier's Lament”


"Beneath a far Australian sky an Irish soldier lay." As he is dying he thinks of his boyhood in Ireland and asks to be buried there. "My dying prayer -- May God bless the island of the brave!"


This appears, on its face, to be derived from On Buena Vista's Battlefield or one of its relatives (or, perhaps Will Hays's "The Drummer Boy of Shiloh" [Laws A15]). But which, and how it came to be as it is (in Canada, no less), I do not know. - RBW


  1. Peacock, p. 163, "The Soldier's Lament" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Roud #6464
  3. BI, Peas163


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1952 (Peacock)
Found in: Canada(Newf)