Laborare Est Ovare

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Eulogy for a footplate-man killed by a fall from the locomotive.

Laborare Est Ovare [Note 580.1]

Down from the engine thrown,
Wounded to death,
What were the words he spoke
With his last breath?

Was it a cry for aid,
Helpless lying
There in the rain—meet help
For the dying ?

Nay, he had words to speak
Whate’er betide,
"Signal the down express "
Gasped he and died [Note 580.2]

Done that he had to do,
What shall be said ?
Silence is best—what words
Meet for this dead?



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Source Title Laborare Est Ovare
Bargery Number 580
Roud Not in the Roud Index
Earliest Date 1898
Evidence for Earliest Date The Railway Review printed many topical pieces. This was probably written sson before publication.
Latest Date 1898
Evidence for Latest Date Publication date
Source of Text Railway Review, 24th June 1898, p10
Author T. Yvoune
Music (Given or Suggested) n/a
Source of Music n/a
Composer n/a
Music Notation n/a
Printer or Publisher Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants
First Line Down from the engine thrown,
Parsed Title Laborare Est Ovare

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