THE FIRING LINE
I'll give you a toast, my comrades, to drink in water on irine. Whatever your creed or custom —" The Men im the Firing Line!"
Officer,' Rergeaiiit, private, sapper, or bombardier, Gunner, dragoon or guardsman, lancer or engineer. At di'.'e in the deadly trenches, with life or death in the chance— Tho men that are helping Belgium, the troops that are holding France. . They marched to tho front- with music; they go to the rearguard dumb, To eufTer in stoio silence tho wounds that shatter and numb ; They came in the hour that called them, they fought as it, showed them how, And we* know with never a tremor that lh<day of their test is now. They laugh as the shrapnel sifts them ; and whether the dawn is grey. Or the staring searchlight blinds them, they die as they lived— ax,, bay. They fell as they fought—defiant, with all of their wounds in front. Attaining the great fulfilment of those that have borne the brunt. They wait tor the frenzied German who dares not wait for the Tsar; They look to tho east for Russia—but Rucsia is etiil afar. Yet out of the Hast arises, and swells to a thunderous swing, Tho song that her army shall march to — the words that a 'nation shall sing. Tt lifts to a. sound tremendous—solemn and eombro and slow— That gives the time to a movement as vas* as a glacier's flow ; The murmur of marching millions, of a multitude's advance .Slow-moving over a continent to break th< fetters of Franco. With blight, in her wasted orchards, and her wheatfields sown with dead. With her vineyards black and blasted, the tide of her rivers red, RuiiKd, a realm of torrent, yet rising anew to fight. With men our our blood to aid her, Franc levels her guns to-night'. So hero is a toast, my comrades, denyin. (iie Right .Uirii'.c To challenge the Right Kiernal—''The Me: in the Firing Lice.'" —Melbourne 'Herald.'
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THE FIRING LINE, Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
THE FIRING LINE Evening Star, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
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