A. A. Milne

At Home

I want a soldier
(A soldier in a busby).
I want a soldier to come and play with me.
I’d give him cream-cakes
(Big ones, sugar ones),
I’d give him cream-cakes and cream for his tea.I want a soldier
(A tall one, a red one),
I want a soldier who plays on the drum.
Daddy’s going to get one
(He’s written to the shopman)
Daddy’s going to get one as soon as he can