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A STIRRING POEM FROM WALES.

An esteemed correspondent, who recently forwarded to us a pocm~‘ The Day' from •he pen of Bath's (England) Railway PorterPoet ha? sent ns a reprint of a poem in Welsh by the late Labor Leader in Wales (Abraham Thomas, M.P.): THE ROLL-CALL. [By Abraham Thomas.] (English version of Mahon’s stirring appeal to the Welsh miner.) Liston, comrades, to my' story! Of two heroes let me sing— Shoni fighting for his children, Tommy fi"htmg for his King. • ‘ 3 But, alas! how sad to linger o’er their names, because some day, ’ When the roll-call wdl be mustered, one of them will be away. When nour Sloni is in danger, and in dire and sore despair— Shatter'd, maybe, limbs and body, stnigelimt for a breath of air— ° ° In the wake of the explosion (aftcr-danip will have its sway), When the roll-eill will be muster’d Shorn then will he away. Then the. country’s up and doing, quicken’d to its very hone.-. What a (low of real kindness fills the home of Shoni Jones! In (his rympa.hetio feeling Tommy sends Ins little pay .Instate, gauhii n Slioni’s dear ones, because Shout's called away! But to-day ’ii-i Tommy Atkins: he’s the brother in distress Lcndly sounds his country’s trumpet, and he an.-wers boldly : ’• Vcs. I am ready, King and Country!" Now 'Us Shoni’s turn to pay Something to poor Tommy’s youngsters, because Tommy’s called away. Now, remember, he’s your b.other. Now, dear Shoni, let your heart In this noble work of mercy take a deep and lasting pail. Leave off drinking, pay your levy—you a maiiiy part can ph.v: Show yourself a splendid fellow when poor Tommy's far away. That, dear comrades, that’s my story of two . heroes in the ring— Shoni fighting for ids children, Tommy fight-' ing for his King. Lord of Jlos's, I ask Thee kneeling, on that great and fateful day, When Thy roll call will bo mustered, let not cither be away.

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A STIRRING POEM FROM WALES., Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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A STIRRING POEM FROM WALES. Issue 15674, 12 December 1914

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