Sergeant of the Guard

A Poem of Peace

by Sergeant Schultz

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To all the prisoners in this camp
I wish you all goodnight
No matter where you're coming from
For you there's no more fight
They cannot send you up again
In frightening bombing-raids
I'll see to it that you are safe
And won't be taken away

Sleep tight, my prisoners, and hush
Your Sergeant of the Guard keeps watch
So sleep in heavenly peace tonight
Sleep tight in heavenly peace

To our Kommandant I say
Mein Herr, you are the best
You have a lot of power, yet
When put up to the test
The people in your power do
Not suffer by your hand
You may not be the cleverest
Yet a good Kommandant

Sleep tight, mein Kommandant, and hush
Your Sergeant of the Guard keeps watch
So sleep in heavenly peace tonight
Sleep tight in heavenly peace

A model of how life should be
Is our Stalag 13
A place where no man shoots a man
Where cruelty's never been
A little isle of peace this is
In a threatening world at war
A haven in the wilderness
Where fighting is no more

Sleep tight, my little Stalag, hush
Your Sergeant of the Guard keeps watch
So sleep in heavenly peace tonight
Sleep tight in heavenly peace

To all my fellow guards I say
Let's keep up the good work
It is our job to see to it
That peace is not disturbed
No monkey business in this camp
No men escaping in the night
It is our job to keep them here
Away from fatal fights

Stand guard, my fellow guards, stand watch
Your Sergeant of the Guard keeps watch
To preserve this heavenly peace tonight
Preserve this heavenly peace

To all our soldiers in the field
I pray the end is nigh
I pray the brass will soon perceive
Our country's agonized cry
We all need to be friends again
We need to dare to trust
Continued killing will not help
So end this war we must!

Sleep tight, my countrymen, and hush
Your Sergeant of the Guard keeps watch
So sleep in heavenly peace tonight
Sleep tight in heavenly peace

To all the world I'd like to say
Come to our camp and see
We're men from many nations, yet
We live from fighting free
We live together, laugh together
Tease each other, and still
Though actually we're enemies
Prevail does our good will

Sleep tight, poor wounded world, and hush
Your Sergeant of the Guard keeps watch
So sleep in heavenly peace tonight
Sleep tight in heavenly peace