Excerpt from Little Old Belgium
Some of these verses I was fortunate enough to be able to write within view of the deeds that they inadequately re¿ect. Most are my own; a few are translations or adaptations of Belgian soldier-songs; a pair were composed before the present war... and later altered; part of one I heard chanted, and seemingly improvised, by a maddened woman amid the ruins of Louvain. In its original, the rhythm of The Belgian marching-song was rather like the inimitable Marching Song by Berton Braley, and this similarity I have tried to increase. I should add that Little Old Belgium is not merely an American slang phrase: the Belgian soldier af fectionately designates his country as Belgique.
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