"The Sweepers" is a poem written by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), and set to music by the English composer Edward Elgar in 1917, as the fourth of a set of four war-related songs on nautical subjects for which he chose the title "The Fringes of the Fleet".
Like the others in the cycle, it is intended for four baritone voices: a solo and chorus. It was originally written with orchestral accompaniment, but was later published to be sung with piano accompaniment.
- Michael Kennedy, Portrait of Elgar (Oxford University Press, 1968) ISBN 0-19-315414-5
- Sea Warfare - The Fringes of the Fleet Notes by Alastair Wilson