To the tune of the British Grenadiers –
Some talked of Evacuation, and some, I'm also told
Of hostile transportation to Peking's temples old.
But whatever information may reach this distant hill,
We're here in concentration, and bright and happy still.
Poem written on the arrival of the Chefoo group in Weihsien
Hooray! the Chefooites have all arrived at last!
Right heartily we cheered them as through the gates they passed.
They trudged up Guardhouse Hill, their baggage ...
Song from another camp adapted to Weihsien -
Dear Mum and Dad, It's been sometime since I had
A chance to write with all this trouble brewing.
But here's a little line just to let you know I'm fine,
Where it is ...
"The history of Temple Hill is perhaps best preserved in the poems and songs that the staff made up, and which we all enjoyed and sang with gusto".
BUSINESS AS USUAL
You may reside in Nottingham, or even Timbuctoo,
At Singapore or Amsterdam or possibly Chefoo.
But one thing can's escape you - it's come inside the door.
You know it and you feel it ...