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War Girls

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There's the girl who clips your ticket for the train,
  And the girl who speeds the lift from floor to floor,
There's the girl who does a milk-round in the rain,
  And the girl who calls for orders at your door.
      Strong, sensible, and fit,
      They're out to show their grit,
    And tackle jobs with energy and knack.
      No longer caged and penned up,
      They're going to keep their end up
    Till the khaki soldier boys come marching back.

There's the motor girl who drives a heavy van,
  There's the butcher girl who brings your joint of meat,
There's the girl who cries 'All fares, please!' like a man,
  And the girl who whistles taxis up the street.
      Beneath each uniform
      Beats a heart that's soft and warm,
    Though of canny mother-wit they show no lack;
      But a solemn statement this is,
      They've no time for love and kisses
    Till the khaki soldier-boys come marching back.
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War Girls

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  • Jessie Pope was born in Leicester, England and educated at the North London Collegiate School for Girls. Pope was a prolific writer of occasional poetry and prose, and her work was published widely in periodicals such as the Daily Express, the Evening Standard, The Queen, and the Westminster Gazette. In particular, she wrote humorous verses for Punch magazine, contributing over 170 between 1902 and 1922. Her first books collected poems that had first appeared in periodicals: Paper Pellets (1906) and Airy Nothings (1909). In her lifetime, Pope was known as the “foremost woman humorist” in England. Pope was also instrumental in editing, and bowdlerizing, Robert Noonan’s novel of class struggle and strife, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914).
     
    Her posthumous reputation, however, rests on the patriotic verses she wrote during World War I. Originally published in the Daily Mail and other papers, Pope collected her war poems into books such...

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