The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

Columbia's Prayer

Boy in khaki, boy in blue,

I am watching over you,

Going forth amid the rattle

Of the drums that call to battle.

Oft have men waged fight for me,

Fought to make their brothers free;

God protect and succor you,

Boy in khaki, boy in blue.

God go with you on your mission,

And in His all-wise decision

Turn this tide of war to you,

Boy in khaki, boy in blue.

With the Stars and Stripes high o'er you,

Snatch the vic'try just before you, '

Heaven keep, encompass you,

Boy in khaki, boy in blue.

When the foe is rent asunder,

And the world looks on in wonder,

Paying tribute rare to you, B

oy in khaki, boy in blue,

God return you safe to me;

To Columbia--Liberty;

'Tis my prayer, my hope for you,

Bov In khaki, boy in blue