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Re: It is not ours to wonder why

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 19, 2005

In Reply to: It is not ours to wonder why posted by Fianna on October 19, 2005

: What's the origin of the phrase "It is not ours to wonder why, it is only ours to do... and die" and who's quote is it?

Is this what you had in mind?

Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Second stanza of The Charge of the Light Brigade, by Alfred Lord Tennyson, about an awkward incident in the Crimean War. SS