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“The following lines were discovered on the dead body of an American soldier killed in action in North Africa, in 1944. They were found by a corporal in the Royal Army Medical Corps and were printed in a Tunis newspaper. They found their way to Britain through the United States. A friend of the writer of these lines, who was with him when they were written (and who survived the battle in which the writer was killed) said the soldier was a thoroughly wild character, but there were tears running down his face as he wrote the lines.


Look, God, I have never spoken to you,

And now I want to say: “How do you do?”


You see, God, they told me you didn’t exist,

And I, like a fool, believed all this.


Last night, from a shell hole, I saw your sky,

And I figured then they had told me a lie.


I wonder, God, if you’d take my poor hand?

Somehow I feel you would understand.

Strange I had to come to this hellish place

Before I had time to see your face.


Wel1, I guess there isn’t much more to say:

But I’m glad, God, that I met you today


The zero hour will soon be here

But I’m not afraid; because you are near.



The signal has come, I shall soon have to go

I like you lots - this I want you to know.


I am sure this’ll be a horrible fight:

Who knows? I may come to your House tonight.


Though I wasn’t friendly to you before,

I wonder, God, if You’d wait at Your door?


Look, I’m shedding tears, me shedding tears!

Oh! How I wish I’d known you those long, long years


Well, I have to go now, dear God. Goodbye

But now that I’ve met you, I’m not scared to die.

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