During the North African campaign, a bunch of soldier boys had
been on a long hike and they arrived in a little town called casino.
The next morning being Sunday, several of the boys went to church
A sergeant commanded the boys in church and after the Chaplain had read
The text was taken up next. Those of the boys who had a prayer book took
them out, but this one boy had only a deck of cards, and so he spread
them out. The Sergeant saw the cards and said, "Soldier, put away those
cards." after the services was over, the soldier was taken prisoner and
brought before the Provost Marshall.
The Marshall said, "Sergeant, why have you brought this man
here?" "For playing cards in church, Sir." "And what have you to say for
yourself, son?" "Much, Sir," replied the soldier. The Marshall said
"I hope so, for if not I shall punish you more than any man was ever
punished." The soldier said, "Sir, I have been on the march for about six
days. I have neither a Bible nor a prayer book, but I hope to satisfy
you, Sir, with the purity of my intentions." And with that, the boy
started his story
You see Sir, when I look at the Ace, it reminds me that there
is but one God. And the Deuce reminds me that the Bible is divided into
two parts, the Old and the New Testaments. When I see the Trey, I think
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And when I see the Four, I
think of the four Evangelists who preached the Gospel; there was Matthew
Mark, Luke and John.
And when I see the Five, it reminds me of the five wise virgins
who trimmed their lamps; there were ten of them: five were
wise and were saved, five were foolish and were shut out. When I see the
six, it reminds me that in six days, God made this great heaven and
earth. When I see the seven, it reminds me that on the seventh day, God
rested from His great work. And when I see the eight, I think of the
eight righteous persons God saved when He destroyed this earth; there was
Noah, his wife, their sons and their wives. And when I see the nine
I think of the lepers our Savior cleansed, and nine out of the ten didn't
even thank Him. When I see the ten, I think of the Ten Commandments God
handed down to Moses on a table of stone. When I see the King, it
reminds me that there is but one King of Heaven, God Almighty
And when I see the Queen, I think of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is Queen of
Heaven. And the Jack or Knave is the Devil. When I count the number
of spots on a deck of cards, I find 365, the number of days in a year.
There are 52 cards, the number of weeks in a year. There are 4 suits, the
number of weeks in a month. There are 12 picture cards, the number of
months in a year. There are 13 tricks, the number of weeks in a quarter.
So you see, Sir, my pack of cards serves me as a Bible, an Almanac and a
"And friends, the story is true. I know, I was that soldier."
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"Deck of Cards [Performed Live On the Ed Sullivan Show 10/25/1959]" as written by Texas T Tyler
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