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“The Ballad of Lenin’s Tomb” by Robert William Service

The below extract is taken from “The Ballad of Lenin’s Tomb, a satirical and witty poem by Robert William Service:

“Where Lenin lies the red flag flies, and the rat-grey workers wait
To tread the gloom of Lenin’s Tomb, where the Comrade lies in state.
With lagging pace they scan his face, so weary yet so firm;
For years a score they’ve laboured sore to save him from the worm.
The Kremlin walls are grimly grey, but Lenin’s Tomb is red,
And pilgrims from the Sour Lands say: “He sleeps and is not dead. ”

To read the poem in it’s entirety please visit, https://mypoeticside.com/show-classic-poem-26448.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Service may have been just a tiny bit unwelcome in the former Soviet Union after having penned “The Ballad of Lenin’s Tomb”. But I can’t for the life of me imagine why that might be!