2003
 
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Children's Song
Lithograph
285mm (width) X 380mm (height)

SOLDIERS' POEM
Lithograph
285mm (width) X 380mm (height)

 

Children's Song

The sign of anarchy has hidden within its crude lines a children's song from the Anglo-Boer War. It is probably the best known children's song in Afrikaans. Its rather shocking and senseless words are:

Siembamba - mamma se kindjie
Siembamba - mamma se kindjie
Draai sy nek om gooi hom in die sloot
Trap op sy kop dan is hy dood
Siembamba - mommy's little baby

Siembamba - mommy's little baby
Wring his neck and dump him in the ditch
Stomp on his head and he will be dead

SOLDIERS' POEM

A roughly scratched symbol of anarchy that hides a soldiers' poem in very small writing. The poem declares just what was expected of the British soldier at the time of the Anglo-Boer War - never to question any orders and a senseless surrender of conscience.

Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
(Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade 1855)
 
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