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NEUTRAL?

TO THE HUMANITY OF AMERICA. [By Harold Begbie.] When men are told in years ahead How Fury forced the Belgian Door, And ravished maids, struck children dead, And fired the houees of the poor, Will none, if still that nation lives Our sires with blood and sweat begat, Ask with the pride your greatness gives—"What said America to that?" Your children taught how Belgium stood In flames that once were called Louvain, And, dashing from her eyes the blood, Struck at her foe, and struck again— Shall feel their hearts within them burn To know the righteous word you said. God 1 when the silent truth they learn, Surely your eons shall hang the head. We ask not that of all your hosts One man, one sword, be sacrificed, Your cousins guard these ancient coatU, Your kinsmen charge this Antichrist; But we expect your mishty voioe With judgment thro' the world to run. O Land of Freedom, make your choiceAre you for Belgium or the Hun? We ask not that your shells should shriek Above the flaming hill we climb; But speak, O Sons of Lincoln, speak! Silence in such an hour is crime. Your children judge you if you stand In hearing of the Belgian cry, Not only with the folded hand, But with the cold, averted eye. The soul has got its piercing steel, The heart its fierce consuming firo—--0 make your voico like thunder peal, All nations of the earth inspire! We know your heart for Belgium bleeds, But speak your soul, declare your mind; Speak till the sin-red Tyrant heeds The Voico of God and all Mankind.

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NEUTRAL?, Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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NEUTRAL? Issue 15683, 23 December 1914

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