Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,Evn at the Brink of danger; not before:After deliverance, both alike required;Our Gods forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted.
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Source Notes: Source: FRANCIS QUARLES, Of Common Devotion, The Complete Works in Prose and Verse of Francis Quarles, ed. Alexander B. Grosart, vol. 2, p. 205 .President John F. Kennedy quoted this in remarks to members of the First Armored Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, November 26, 1962: Many years ago, according to the story, there was found in a sentry box in Gibraltar a poem which said:God and the soldier, all men adoreIn time of danger and not beforeWhen the danger is passed and all things righted,God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.This country does not forget God or the soldier. Upon both we now depend. Thank you.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 840. The First Armored Division had been deployed during the Cuban crisis.
Francis Quarles (1592 - September 8, 1644), English poet, was born at Romford, and baptized there on May 8 1592.