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A P Herbert poem
Posted by: marian222 (86.151.148.---)
Date: October 09, 2007 01:05PM

Does anyone know any more of this, please:


Do not believe the tale the milkman tells;
No troops have mutinied in Potters Bar
Nor are there submarines in Tunbridge Wells
The BBC will warn us when there are.

written by A P Herbert (possibly for the Government) in 1940


Re: A P Herbert poem
Posted by: misterF (84.66.99.---)
Date: October 23, 2007 02:25PM

Rumours
published May 19 1940
and collected in Siren Song published by Methuen 1940

Do not believe the tale the milkman tells;
No troops have mutinied at Potters Bar.
Nor are there submarines at Tunbridge Wells.
The BBC will warn us when there are.

Do not believe the Major's easy plan.
He wants to land a force at Budapest.
He knows the Danube well, the dear old man,
But maybe General Gort and Co know best.

Do not believe in Mr Told-you-so.
Do not repeat the 'Might-have-beens' and 'Buts'.
Now is the time to let your neighbour know
We have the gold, the ginger, and the guts.

Do not believe that God has been cast down
Because the Berlin beast is breathing still.
This is the one true story in the town -
We can defeat the devil, and we will.

APH wrote a lot of propaganda poems: this was one of the better ones, I think. And thankyou marian for posting this query, and thereby tempting me out of hiding.

Stephen Fryer


Re: A P Herbert poem
Posted by: marian222 (81.151.106.---)
Date: October 25, 2007 04:18AM

Thanks Stephen - it's nice to hear from you and even nicer that you found that poem - I was intrigued by it and it bears out its promise when you read the whole thing. We aren't doing very well with the relatively few lost quotes we've had lately (including several of mine), so your expertise would be invaluable if you can stick around!


Re: A P Herbert poem
Posted by: misterF (84.66.99.---)
Date: October 25, 2007 06:37AM

I still have six months of study, so I can't promise to help out much until the spring of next year. It was just that Alan Herbert is a particular favourite of mine. But I will keep on hanging around and opine when I can!

Stephen




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