Patriotic pieces from the Great War/As They Leave Us


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Bid farewell with pride,
Show no trace of sorrow;
Smile into their eyes,
Though your courage borrow;
There will be another day,
And a time
To pay!

Gallant is their look,
But their hearts are tender.
Cry aloud your faith!
Loyal tribute render!
For they go—the young, the brave—
To save!

Tell them not of fear;
Whisper not of sadness;
Overbrim to-day
With heroic gladness;
Let your love, remembered, shine
As a light

Simple is their trust,
But 'tis deep as ocean;
Lofty is their hope,
Selfless their devotion;
And they go—the young, the brave—
To save!

Hark! The bugles call!
Wave your banners!—cheer them!
Happy, let them dream
All that's valiant near them!
They will know, when far from you,
That the dream
Was true!