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It is not ours to wonder why

Posted by ESC on October 19, 2005

In Reply to: It is not ours to wonder why posted by Smokey Stover 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

One tiny change:

Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die:

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