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Baby's Own Aesop (1887)

43. The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner (Perry 370)

A Trumpeter, prisoner made,
Hoped his life would be spared when he said
He'd no part in the fight,
But they answered him - "Right,
But what of the music you made?"

SONGS MAY SERVE A CAUSE AS WELL AS SWORDS

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The Baby's Own Aesop (verse fables by W.J. Linton), 1887. Illustrations by Walter Crane. Available online at International Children's Digital Library.