Sir John E Bingham

Only A Scrap Of Paper

(Kaiser's Surprise)

A Poem by Colonel Sir John E. Bingham Bart. V.D. J.P.

It was only a scrap of paper.

'Twas not a vellum scroll.
It was only the word of England
That bid the war drums roll.

It was only a scrap of paper.
That fired the blaze of war.
It was only right and wrong, Sir,
That opened the Lion's jaw.

It was only a scrap of paper,
Which Belgians believed,
So they poured out their blood, Sir,
And they were not deceived.

It was only a scrap of paper,
The Kaiser sneered and lied,
He risked the teeth of the Bull Dog.
He forgot old England's pride.

It will be more than a scrap of paper
At the end of a bloody war.
Our Tommies and Tars will hold him, Sir,
Crunched in the Lion's jaw.