Echoes from the Firing Line; And Other Poems

Echoes from the Firing Line; And Other Poems

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1915 edition. Excerpt: ...towards men," Or "To victor belongs the spoil?" Say ye, What is the hope of humanity, And what is the Old Flag's creed? Is it freedom for others as for ourselves, Or perilous crown-tending greed? At The Hague 1899 IS it he of the West? Is that he, is it he, In his vesture of Red, White and Blue, That hath heralded freedom to nations and men, And hath breathed it to me and you--Is it he standing here in this peace sanctioned place, While abroad he deals death to a struggling race? Aye, aye, it is he! it is he! Is it he of the West? is it he, is it he, Standing tallest of all his compeers, With the strength of a continent in his huge form, And youngest of all in years--Is it he that hath come to this Congress of Peace, While enslaving yon islanders asking release? Aye, aye, it is he! it is he! Is it he that declared that all men should be free, All, ALL, in the circuit of earth, And in battle for glorious Liberty stood A giant from hour of his birth--86 At The Hague Is it he that hath so turned his purpose about That his armies are now crushing Liberty out? Aye, aye, it is he! it is he! Is it he that encountered in battle and storm, In his home o'er the billowy sea, The demon hurled bolts of the engines of war, That the black man might be free--Is it he that is now warring races of brown? Is it he that is now striking Liberty down? Aye, aye, it is he! it is he! Oh! wonder of earth. Oh! surprise of the times. Oh! marvel and woe of the age. Oh! record of change, most astounding of all Ever written on history's page--Former hope of the world, Freedom's bulwark and van, Warring now 'gainst the God given freedom of man! Aye, aye, it is he! it is he! Silence, men at The Hague! listen, ends of the earth! Hear the discord and jarring...show more

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  • Paperback | 34 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856481
  • 9781236856487