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TO THE SHIRKER

A LAST APPEAL,

[By "0.5.." iu ‘ .Punch.']

Non* of your own free choke, while the chance is yours To fiJia.ro their gkrv who have rhuliv died ' ' Shielding the honor of „ur island Gioiv r. And that fate heritage of slurry prid-t Now. ere another e.-ening'u shadow falls. Gome, for the trumpet calls.

What if to-morrow through the land then? runs This message for an everlasting stain ; “ Fngland expected each of all her son.To do his duty, but she looked in vain ; Now she demands, by order sharp and swift, What should have been a gift.” For f,o it must be if her manhood fail To stand by Fngland in her deadly need : If still her wnunds_a.ro but an idle tale The word must issue which shall make you heed; And t/hev who left her passionals picas unheard Will have to hear that word. And. losing your free choice, you also lose Your right to rank, on Memory’s shining scrolls, With those, your comrades, who made hast© to choose The willing service asked of loyal souls ; ■From all who gave such tribute of the heart Your name will stand apart. I think you cannot know what meed of shams Shall bo their certain portion who pursue Pleasure “as usual,” while thoir country's claim Is answered only by the gallant few. Come, then, betimes, and on her altar lay Your sacrifice to-day I

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TO THE SHIRKER, Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

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TO THE SHIRKER Issue 15699, 13 January 1915

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