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Empire Day Celebration 


Schools of New Brunswick 

Presented with the Approval of the 

Chief Superintendent 

AND the Board of Education 




or to Adorn School Walls or Blackboard*. 

"The Empire U my Country: Canada is my Home." 

" Live* of great men all remind us 
We can make our lives sublime. 
And departing leave behind us 
Footsteps on the sands of time." 

" England expects that «ver^ man 
This day will do his duty.' 

"Whose flag has braved a thousand years 
The battle and the breeze." 

" We are %vatchers of a beacon 
Whose light must never die." 

"Whose frail barques the ocean surge defied. 
And trained the race that live upon the wave." 

'We sowed the seed of Empire in the furrows of the sea.' 

" We've sailed wherever ship* could sail 
We've founded many a state." 

"The seas but join the regions they divide." 


Empire Day is not a holiday, but it is desirable that the occasion be made 
as bright, interesting and inspiring to the children as is possible. 

1 he morning session should be devoted to the Geography and History of the 
Empire, impressing upon the children its reality, growth, magnitude, essential 
unity.and common purpose;and the privileges, responsibilitiesand di'^iesol citizenship. 

If possible have the whole school assembled out of doors, open proceedings 
*.'.'.** T^^ Lord's Prayer, and, if desired, a Scripture Reading; such as Deuteronomy 
VI n., 6-11. If in the open air, have a flag staff in a space in the centre of the 
assembly upon which the Union Jack may now be run up. If this cannot be 
arranged, have the Flag displayed in some other way while all present sing: 

"God Save The King." 
followed by the recitation, by one of the pupils — 

"The Old Flag." 

It is only a small bit of bunting, 

It is only an old colored rag. 
But thousands have died for its honor. 

And shed their best blood for the Flag. 

It is charged with the cross of St. Andrew, 

Which of old, Scottish heroes had led. 
It carrti the cross of St. Patrick 

For which Ireland's noblest have bled. 

Joined to these is the old British Ensign, 

St. GeoiTge's red cross on white field, 
Round which, from King Richard to Wolseley, 

Britons conquer or die, but ne'er yield. 

It flutters triumphant o'er o»an. 

As free as the wind and the wave. 
And the captive from shackles unloosen'd 

'Neath its shadow no longer a slave. 

We hoist it to show our devotion. 

To our King, to our Country and Laws, 
■ It's the outward and visible emblem, 
Of advancement and liberty's cause. 

You may call it a small bit of bunting, 

You may say it's an old colored rag. 
But freedom has made it majestic. 

And time has ennobled the Flag. 

An appointed Orator, an invited speaker or the teacher, will then say — 

"Let us reverently remember that the British Zmpire stands out 
before the whole world as the fearless champion of freedom, fair 
play and equal rights; that its watchwords are Responsibility, Duty, 
Sympathy and Self-sacrifice, and that a special responsibility rests 
with you individually to be true to the traditions and to the 
mission of your race. 

I also want you to remember that one day Canada will become, 
if her people are faithful to their high British traditions, the 
most poweriful of all the self-governing nations, not excluding the 
people of the United Kingdom, which make up the British Empire, 
and that it rests with each one of you, individually, to do your 
utmost by your own conduct and example to make Canada not 
only 'he most powerful, but the noblest of all the self-governing 
natic s that are proud to owe allegiance to the King. 

— Earl Crey, Late Governor-General of Canada. 

"We are celebrating today the greatness of the Empire, which 
'girdles the whole world,' and 'upon which the sun never sets!' 

Its area covers over one-fifth of the earth's surface — Eighteen 
million square miles, without Egypt and the Soudan: in this great 
region are every known variety of climate, natu.'al characteristics 
and products. 

Its vast wheat areas, in India, Australia and Canada, developed 
and undeveloped, make it the < lief source of the world's food 
supply. It has the greatest and best fisheries, in every part of 
the globe, and especially in Canada ; the chief woollen products of 
the world, specially from the thousand plains of Australia; the 
largest gold production; enormous productions of silver, nickle, iron, 
and a coal production from six of its countries, totalling more than 
all the other chief producers of the world combined, outside the 
United StatP= and with immense possibilities for production besides. 

Its tradt nd commerce are the wonder of all nations, and it 
po«ssesses and controls through its central clearing house at ^ ondon, 
the greater part of the money wealth of the '.«'orld. 

In population (417 millions), th-^ British Empire exceeds all 
Empires of the past, and aU Nations or combination of nations in 
the present. 

The British Empire is of modern growth, but its traditions 
and foundations are a development of centuries. 

From the heart of the Empire comes to the veins of th^ British 
pe(,ple everywhere the record of a thousand years of struggle in 
their Island home, for unity and power, for civil and religious 
freedom, for commercial expansion, for control of the seas and the 
defence of liberty in many lands, for the evolution of a great 
literature and a powerful press, for the alleviation of poverty, 
ignorance, misery, and class controversy. 

All these things have merged themselves into our traditions, 
they cannot be separately acquired, except under conditions that 
can never recur. These traditions the United States have lost, 
and can never regain — we recognize them instinctively, though not 
always consciously, when we see the Union Jack flying in the 
breeze. It is this which Empire Day embodies and is established 
to preserve. 

Recitation by a pupii — 


See you the dimpled track that runs 
All hollow through the wheat? 

O that was where thev hauled the guns 
That smote King Philip's fleet. 

See you our stilly woods of oak, 

And the dread ditch beside? 
O that was where the Saxons broke, 

On the day that Harold died. 

See you our pastures wide and lone. 

Where the red oxen browse? 
O there was a city thronzed and known. 

Ere London boasted a houM. 

And see you, after rain, the trace 

Of mound and ditch and wall? 
O that was a legion's camping-place, 

When Caesar sailed from Gaul. 

Trackway aiic camp and city lost, 

Salt marsh where now is corn- 
Old wars, old peace, old arts that cease, 

And so was England born! 

She is not any . 'mmon earth, 

Water or woov^ or air. 
But Merlin's Isle of Gramarje, 

Where yoi and I will Lre. 

From "Puck of Poor's Hili "—Kipling. 

Orator: "At many great turning points in its history, our 
race has received into its veins their best bloocl from many of the 
great nations of the world, but never more acceptably than from 
those who have come forth from them, to seek higher privileges 
under the shelter and grandeur of our institutions and our oppor- 
tunity; and have joined with those British pioneers, who with 
indomitable pluck and unfailing energy have subdued the primeval 
forest, and the {"imitable plain, and made them blossom forth 
into priceless farmsteads, happy villages, and splendid cities. 

" J^^y toiled, they strove, they perished, that you and I might see 
The fair, tree lands of Britain arise in every sea." 

(K poMible a Map of the Empire, colored on an outline Map of the World, ahould be shown.) 

Empire Day is the "Family Festival" of the British Empir" 
and we might call this "A Family Portrait" or "Picture of a 
Family Group. " 


< JP^ ^^ '*'" ?*"* ^ P**'*^ ^y numbe. «. the children in turn naming the Uniu 
pi the tunpire as the numbers are called, and one will point out each on the man as 
It is mrntioned. '^ 

No. I —The United Kingdom o^ Great Britain and Ireland. 


Dominion of Canada. 4. Union of South Africa. 

Commonwealth of Au.<tr«lia. 5. Dominion of New Zealand. 

6. Island of Newfoundland. 


7. Bamitoland 

8. Britiah Central Africa 


9. Nigeria 
10. Gambia 
}■ Sierra Leore. 

11. Gold Coast 

12. Rhodesia 

14. Mauritius 15. 

17. St. Helena 

Seychelles |6. Ascension 

16. FalUand Islands. 


ift 5Si*!^**a5'J*''^*"**- 22. North Borneo 

20. FederatadMaUySutes. 23. Brunei 

21. Hong Kong 24. Sarawak 


25. West Indies 

26. British Guiana 27. Bermuda. 

28. British Honduras 


29. BechuanaUnd 30. Somaliland 31. East Africa 32. Uganda 

33. Zanzibar 34. Nyassaland 35. Soudan 36. Egypt 37. Ceylon 

38. Wei-Hai-Wei 

39. Gibraltar 


4a Malta 


43. Australasia 

41. Figi 42. 



Recitation by a pupil — 


God made our bodies of alt the dust 

That is scattered about the world, 
That we might wander in search of home 

Wherever the seas are hurled; 

But our hearts He hath made of English dust, 

And mixed it with none beside, 
That we might love with an endless love 

The lands where our kings abide. 

And tho' we weave on a hundred shores, 

And spin on a thousand quays. 
And tho we're truant with all the winds. 

And gypsy with all the seas. 

We are touched 'o tears as the heart is touched; 

By the sound of an ancient tune. 
At the name of the Isle in the western seas, 

With the rose on her breast of June. 

Come let us walk together. 

We who must follow our gleam 
Come let us link our labors. 

And tell each other our dreams; 

Shakespeare's tongue for our counselb, 

And Nelson's heart for our task — 
Shall we not answer as one strong man 

To the things that the people ask? 

•I'arM Begbie. 

To our British institutions 

And traditions "Hold we fast." 
"Follow r'ose to old Trafalgar 

Nail the colors to the mast." 
Clinch the ties that bind us to them. 

Give the world no cause to think 
That the Empire-chain will sever 

At our firm Canadian link. — Selected 

Orator: "For the safe-guarding and defence of this great 
Imperial possession, we have our brave Army and oiv unequalled 



Where is the history that can show greater deeds of valour, of 
chivalry, and of mihtary achievement in face of overpowerine 
dangers and difficulties and intrepid opponents, such as have been 
written in blood and fire across the pages of our history bv our 
gallant army under undaunted and Me leadership' 
♦u r"u- ^j^ ^!^f*' bulwark of the empire, and the dominating power 
that hjnds all together and protects our world-scattered homes 
BriUsh N '"*'"*"°^''' °'' destroyer of peace ano prosperity, is the 

It is by the power of our unrivalled Navy that our Empire has 
control of the seas, that on the great waters between her man\- 
possessions are great pathways for our cor icrce, and that, holding 
in her hand a connected chain of great fortified naval and coaling 
stations throughout the world, and great harbours and fortresses 
on every shore, she is the undisputed Mistress of the waterways 
of the world. ' 

Like all the other great pty - ssions of the Empire, this one was 
evolved by the exploits of da., -g and courageous men, who knew 
not the greatness they were building up, but who have left us in 
possession of traditions of fighting and endurance, of confidence 
and spirit, which can only come with a vast inherited experience 
such as we are privileged to possess. 

Recitation by a pupil. 

"Effingham, Grenville, Raleigh, Drake, 
Here's to the bold and free! 
Benbow, ColIinaTvood, Byron, Blake, 

Hail to the Kings of the sea! 
Admirals all, for Britain's sake, 
Honour be yours and fame! 
And honour, as lonf as waves shall break, 
To Nelson's peerless name! 

Admirals all, for Britain's sake, 

Honour be yours and fame! 
And honour, as long as waves shall break. 
To Nelson's peerless name. 

Admirals all, they said their say 

(The echoes are ringing still). 
Admirals all, they went their way; 

To the haven under the hill, 
But they left us a kingdom none can take, 

The realm of the circling sea. 
To be ruled by the rightful sons of Blake, 
And the Rodneys yet to ^■" -Henry Newbolt," Admirals AU." 
Orator: "As you children are to-day thinking of Australia, 
New Zealand, South Africa, and the many different parts of our 
great Empire, so the children in each of these places, and in the 
schools of the dear old Mother Countries of Great Britain are 
pointing out Canada on their maps, and proudly thinking of our 
great Dominion. 

This is the great value of Empire Day. Its inst ution reminds 
us, that we have brothers throughout the worid who would have 
us think of them at times, and share with them their loftiness of 
purpose, their pride in achievement and their increasing apprehension 
of the great privil^es and responsibilities that are our common 
heritage as citizens of one great and gltMious Empire. 


A spirit of brotherhood sweeps round the world to-day, sheltered 
by the grand old flag that waves us forward to ever high and 
greater things! 

On the West Coast of Africa, native and white join in harmony 
to render homage to Britain's King. From far away Wei-Hai-Wei 
to the Falkland Islands or Figi, all share with us in the right 
to claim the Empire as "Our Countiy." The voice of the little 
Hindu mingles with that of the Maori; the children of the Daughter 
States of Britain with strong and lusty voice bid the world remem- 
ber that old though the Motherland may be, there are sons and 
daughters overseas proving that not only British are they called, 
but Britishers they are, by determination and deed. 

And what is the magic, the wonderful meaning of this word 
"British" which makes us thrill with pride, and makes every one 
worthy of the name willing to "do or die" to keep it unsullied 
before the world? 

There was a day when there was no Empire, a time when its 
power was limited and its aspiration challenged. Its glory, its 
strength, its greatness were slowly and painfully built up under 
the protecting favor of God by the part that Britons — noble, 
self -sacrificing men and women of our race — have played in 
tJie world's history, giving up ease, pleasure, ambition and often 
life itself for the safety, welfare and honour of our country. 

Recitation — 


"Ah, tia no empty fluttering of a dream, 

Our flag's proud gleam; 

Many and tired the fingers that have sewn it; 

Seam by seam, 

Staining it with life's crimson, and the blue 

Of Northern skies and seas, till the winds 

Have blown it 

Wider than all their wonder and their dream. 

"Thin red lines of pulsing lives were the threads of it, 

Pulsing lives that bled away for its sake beneath the spread of it. 

Till the wide seas knew it. 

And the winds of the wide world blew it, 

And the host of Britain followed the flag till earth trembled 

Under the tread of it. 

"Up with it into the sky, 

Let it blow abroad, let its message fly, 

Like the grey gull, over the deep, 

As glad and free; 

There are names of pride emblazoned on every fold, 

But deeper, more dear than ever was script in gold 

Names that can never sleep, 

Though only the heart of love, and the eye of God can Ke." 

Orator: "This Empire Day might l)e named 'All-Heroes' Day.' 
Of all our 'riches' the possession in our history of these lives 
and noble attainments are our most treasured, and constitute 
our highest glory. 

We think of the countless known and unknown hia-oes to whom 
we of this great Empire owe so deep a debt, and we pray that 
we may never do anything unworthy of the flag that meant to 
much to them. 



As we study the history of Great Britain, may we be inspired 
as we learn of the great sailors, soldiers, statesmen and philanthrop- 
ists of Church and State whose lives are built into the strong founda- 
tions of our Empire, to meet our difficulties with high courage, 
and to give ourselves to deeds of service and self-sacrifice as truly 
and nobly as did those whose memory we celebrate to-day. 


What will vou do for England, 

Dear litt e English maid? 
You may ' 3 poor, weak and obscure, 

Still, you can lend your aid; 
It matters so much to England 

What you will try to do; 
You can, if you will, make her greater still — 

It lies, little child, with you. 

In a child's small hand lies the fate of our land, 

It is yours to mar or save; 
For a sweet child sure grows a woman pure. 

To make men good and brave. 
We English ne'er shall kiss the rod, 

Come our foes on land or sea, 
If our children be true to themselves and to God. 

O great shall our England be. —Philip Trevor. 

Orator: "And as we think of the heritage our fathers have 
handed down to us, and this unrivalled world-wide opportunity 
God has conferred upon us for high endeavor and ennobling 
service, with what reverence must we cherish it, and how solemnly 
ought each citizen of the Empire to determine each in his own 
place to prove himself worthy of the high privilege each and every 
one of us enjoys, in being a British subject. 

With this in mind let us say all together with all our hearts, — 

"Fear God — Honour the King, . 
God Save the King." 



Cu be luoi to Huraley, Tune of " Sun of My Soul." 

I^nd of our birth, we pledge to thee; 
Our love and toil in the years to be. 
When we are grown and take our place; 
As men and women with our race. 

Teach us the strength that cannot seek, 
By deed or thought, to hurt the weak; 
That, under Thee, we may possets 
Man's strength to comfort man's distress. 

Father in heaven. Who lovest all. Teach us delight in simple things, 

O help thy children when they call; And mirth that has no bitter springs; 

That they may build from age to age. Forgiveness free of evil done, 

f^ undetiled heritage. And love to all men 'neath the sun. 

SLand of our birth, our faith, our pride, 
'or whow dear sake our fathers died, 
O Motherland, we pledge to thee, 
Head, heart, and hand through toe yean to be.) 

— RMdyar4 Kiplini. 

Ceremony of Salutation of the Flag. 

AM P««.t make the MUitary Sdute to the Rag. .„d while doing » «y dowly «»d 
clearly in uniaon: ^ -•"• 

"Emblem of Liberty, Truth and Justice. 

Flag of my country, to thee I bow." 

(AU bow.) 


Praise God from whom all blessings flow 
Praise Him all creatures here below 
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host 
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen. 

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r.r.^}^'^ "^^ ^^'""u- ?^ *^^ wonderful opportunities of the great 
works of peace which are presented to all nations of the S 

S;lrBrit1sh F^'°^ ^" T*'''" '^' ^" «""« boundariS oHur 
fh^t w« I S^P"^'i,°^'' ^^"^^ *™ 8ri«^«l and horrified to find 
that we have been called upon to take part in a war which for tSe 
numbers engaged in it. the territory over which it il waled th^ 
destruction of life, property, and priceless treS^ure it s Toii?." 
IS the greatest war, and the most appalling calamity that hS 
ever come upon the world. ^^«uiuiy uiat nas 

It has come now because it had to come some time. 

Under the surface of friendly associations, and apparent unitv 

eL'ff^^T" 1*° ^•'** °"iy P^*^^"' opportunity TrS^r^mon 
efforts to develop Science. Art. and the well-being of the wwW 
the spmt of war has never slept. In some of the great naSons 
other stronger forc^ have held it in check, and inSra m ™ 

pro^ron"o?The^i3?. ^" '^^"«^ *° '^^^^^ ^ Hghts^lndVe 

of p^ce. and has for many year* armed herselffor war, and c^S 

Attack ^ ^ *** '"°^''** '"'^"""' armaments against pSs^Se 

When the opportunity came the German rulers threw awav 

hiwiv hl°^ *b "^1r *°.^ ^!l'i^*>^" brotherhood, and st^*u^ 
boldly before the worid saying "Peace means inability and cowar- 

Kl'^ ' ' *"" ^''''' ' "" prepared -Why should I dS 

And the German people readily went to war. 

" Ever since 1870. Germany has increasingly gathered to itself 
undue ctunation. of its own vaUie. and goin| into the mt of ^e 

world with such estimations has discovered that other citizens 
of the earth have not been equally impressed with the importance 
of Germany as Germany itself. 

Finding that others are manufacturing goods, others are con- 
ducting banks, others are building steamships, others are engaged 
m commerce and transportation — Germany has taken such com- 
mercial rivalries as personal affronts. Because of them, Germany 
has felt hemmed in and oppressed by outside powers. In other 
words the German nation has not been willing to be what is known 
as 'a good sport,' has not been willing to fight fairly on free 
fields of competition, and has felt that such competition is a 
personal msult, and in a manner a tyranny." 

Most of all has she felt this towards the competition of the 
great British Empire, in whose peaceful aspirations she sees only 
weakness and decadence, and in whose far-flung territory she sees 
lost opportunity for the impositions upon many nations of the 
world her own ideals of force and efficiency. 

But Germany has made the great mistake of underestimating 
her opponent — Great Britain did not yield to her dishonorable 
proposals to desert her friends and break her plighted word to 
them m the day of their distress, neither would she bow her head 
to the occupation of the friendly shores of her neighbor France 
by the greedy hordes of Germany — and her defences by land 
and sea have not crumpled up under Germany's attack. Side bv 
side with her Allies, stands the British Empire to-day — bleeding 
from many wounds, but bravely facing the flood and fury of the 
enemy. Keeping their power and efficiency and diabolical devices 
of destruction in check, while from the ends of the eaith her 
sons rush to support her. 

The end is not yet. The enemy is strong and determined, 
the issues are enormous, inestimable. Let all our boys and girls 
acquaint themselves with the causes, conduct and issues of this 
great struggle, and lend their aid in some way or other with God's 
help to the righteous cause, whose overthrow will spell disaster for 
us all too horrible to contemplate. 



You have .11 heard of ihe W«r: you have all heard of the fighting force, 
.ent from every part of the Empire to help the Mother Country. IVhy are we 
fighting? Because the British Empire does not break its promises, nor will it 
allow small Nations to be bullied. 

Now. the British Government promised, with all the great power, of Europe, 
mdudmg Germany, that no Army should set foot on the territory of the little Nation 
of Belgium without her leave; b other words, she "guaranteed the neutrJity 
of Belgium." 

Germany, however, was bent on war. and on dominating other Nation. 
Britam did her best to keep the peace, but Germany (breaking her word) marched 
her Armie. mto Belgium to try and conquer France. 

Children of the Empire, this is why we are at war -to hold our promise 
to help our friends, and to keep the Flag of Liberty flying, not only over our 
own Empire, but ooer the whole world. 

God Saoe our King and Empire. 



SalactioiM can b* mad* from these poem* for Empire Day, or other occaaione. 


Men deemed her changed, and lo! 

At word of war unveiled, 
She stands, as long ago, 

She stood when Nelson sailed. 
Th»? sea wind in her hair. 

The salt upon her lips, 
Upon the forelands fair 

She guards the English ships. 

She watched the Normans land, 

The Golden Hind set sail, 
And, touched as by a hand. 

The great Armada fail. 
She watched the Victory 

Lead out the fleet to war. 
And o'er the salt blue sea. 

Return to Trafalgar. 

Men deemed her changed, and lo! 

She stands unto the end, 
With sword to strike the foe. 

And shield to guard a friend, 
AcnMs the wave she rules. 

That lesaon shall be read. 
By foemen — and the fools 

Who dream that Drake is dead. 

—H. De Vere Stackpoole. 


We've shut the gates by Dover Straits, 

And North, where the tides run free, 
Cheek by jowl, our watch dogs prow'l. 

Grey hulks In a greyer sea. 
And the prayer that England prays 
to-night — 
O Lord of our destiny! 
As the foam of our plunging prows is 

We have stood for peace, and we war 
for right, 
God give us victory-! 

Now slack, now strung, from the main- 
mast flung, 
The flag throbs fast in the breeze; 
Strained o'er the foam, like the hearts 
at home 
That beat for their sons on the seas. 
For mothers and wives are praying 
to-night — 
O LortTof our destiny! 
But we've no time, for aur lips are 

Our fists are clenched, and we're strip- 
ped to fight. 
God give us victory I 

The west winds blow in the face of the 

foe — 

Old Drake is beating his drum — 

They drank to "The Day," for "The 

Hour" we pray, 

The day and the hour have come. 

The sea-strewn Empire prays tonight — 

O Lord of our destiny! 
Thou didst give the seas into Britain's 

For the freedom of thy seas we smite, 
God give us victor>'! 

— James Bernard Fagan, 


Not by the valour of Belgium, nor the 

lightning sabre of France, 
Not by the thunder of Britain's fleet 

and the bear's unchecked advance 
Not by these fears. Lord Kaiser, tho' 

they shatter a Tyrant's lust, 
Is your heart most darkly troubled 

and your soul brought down to the 


But by the great affirming of the lands 
we have knit as one; 

But by the love, by the passionate 
loyal love, of each separate free- 
born son, 

Canada cries "We are coming!" and 
Australasia "we come!" 

And you scowl that no Boer is rising 
at the beat of your German drum. 

And the men of Ind bear witness — We 

nave grumbled, but now no more; 
We have shared your plentiful righteous 

peace, we will share your righteous 

Trust us to guard your Honour, one 

with yours is our breath; 
You have dealt us an even justice, we 

are yours to the gates of death. 

Here in these storm-swept islands where 

we fought for the things of peace. 
Where we quarrelled and strove in 

factions, at a stroke all factions 

And there in the vast dominions, more 

free than your Prussian lords, 
The women are shouting for England, 

and the men are drawing their 



Neva- was flag ao worid-Ioved, as the 

„„ ..flag we lift on high, 

While your Prussian legions muster. 

while your eagle screams in the sky; 
And the God of right give answer to 

your blood-and-iron brag, 
Whether your hand is worthy to wrest 

from our hand that Hag. 

— Harold Begbie. 


England, in this great fight to which 

you go, 
Because, where Honour calls you. m 

you must. 
Be glad, whatever comes, at least to 

You have your quarrel just. 

Peace was your care; before the nations- 

Her cause you pleaded and her ends 
you sought; 

But not for her sake, being what you 

Could you be bribed and bought. 

Others may spurn the pledge of land 

to land. 
May with the brute sword stain a 

To qiend oundvei, and never count the 

For others' greater need. 

To go our quiet ways, subdued and 

To hush all vulgar clamour of the street; 
With level calm to face alike the strain 
Of triumph or defeat; — 

This be our part, for so we serve you best. 
Sso best confirm their prowess and their 

Your warrior sons, to whom in this high 

Our fortunes we confide. 

— Owen Seaman. 


rallant past; 
But by the seal to which you set your 

Thank God, you still stand fast! 

Forth,, to front that peril of the 

With smiling lips and in your eyes the 


Steadfast and confident, of those who 

Their storied 'scutcheon bright. 

And we, whose burden is to watch and 
wait — 

High-hearted ever, stro.ig in faith and 

We ask what ofiFering we may conse- 

What humble service share. 

To steel our souls against the lust of 

To find our welfare in the general good; 
lo hold together, merging all degrees 
Jn one wide brotherhood;— 

To teach that he who saves himself is 

To bear in silence though our hearts 
may bleed; 

(By A. M. Belding.) 

The silent fields, the ruined fanes. 
The ghosto that walk the blood-wet 

The want the woe, the emptiness, 
The cry of women in distress, 

ci. n *" homes, the chiMren slain 
— bhall ravished Belgium plead in vain? 
Her sons were first where honor led 

Tai.'^ ^*."' '" ****»f dreamless bedl 
And shall their chUdren's waiUng cry 
Unheard, unpitied, pass us by? 
May God forbid! For us they died. 
Who there the German hosts defied 
They held in check the Uhlan lance 
That thiiwed for the life of France, 
The u-on heel, the iron hand 
That would have scourged our English 

God grant diem rest for ever m e, 
W'So thus the brunt of battle bore. 
Till France and Bntain's gathered mirtt 

v!''L •*".*'*'"*** *•>« coming bliAt. 
Not their, the age-lone load of shame. 
Within whose souls the anient flame 
Of valor burned, with steady light. 
When shadows of the awful night 
fell dark upon their Fatherland. 
But naked now the children stand. 
And wives and mothers mourn their 

And hark! The bitter cry for bread. 
Above the tread of martial feet 
Grows ever louder in the street. 

|f««r ••«>«• of Canada, the fate 
Of raviahed BeWum, soon or late. 
But for the nawht of Britain's arm 
To shield her children from aU harm. 
Would be thine own; thy children's cr^ 


Go up fnnn earth to yonder sky; 
Thy temples fall, thy hopes lie dead 
Beneath a tyrant's blighting tread. 
The devil's hand that sacked Louvain 
Would strangle thee; the scheming 

That planned the blow at Britain's life, 
And plunged the world in deadly strife. 
Had numbered thee among the spoil, 
And doomed thy children to the toil 
Of hateful bondage, sore opprest, 

— The hapless Poland of the west. 

Hear then the cry of Belgium's woe, 
(For thee her sons have met the foe) 
And from the wealth the harvest yields, 
In thy illimitable fields, 
Load full the ships; — for who shall say 
That gifts alone can e'er repay 
The debt we owe the men who fell 
In that fierce storm of shot and shell, 

— First martyrs in the noblest fight 
Man ever waged for truth and right. 


Kitchener sat in his London den, 

Silent and grim and grey, 
Making his plans with an iron pen. 

Just in Kitchener's way. 
And he saw where the clouds rose dark 
and dun 
And all that it meant he knew; 
"We shall want every man who can 
shoulder a gun 
To carry this thing right through!" 
Bravo Kitchener! Say what you want, 
And the world shall know, where our 
bugles blow. 
We've a man at the head — to-day! 

Jellicoe rides on the grey north seas. 

Watching the enemy's lines, 
Where their lord high admirals skulk 
at ease. 
Inside of their hellish mines. 
They have drunk too deep to the 
boasted fight, 
They have vowed too mad a vowl 
What do they think — on the watch — 
What toast are they drinking now! 
Bravo, Jellicoe! Call them again. 

And whenever they take the call 
Show them the way, give them their 
And settle it once for all! 

And French is facing the enemy's front 

Stubbornly day by day, 
Taking the odds ancl bearing the brunt. 

Just in the Britishers' way, 


And he hears the meange that maka 
him glad 

Ring through the smoke and flame; 
"Fight on. Tommy! Stick to them, lad! 

Jack's at the same old game!" 
Bravo, Tommy! Stand as ^ )u've stood, 

And, whether r>n win or fall. 
Show them you fight as gentlemen 

And die like gentlemen all. 

So Kitchener plans in London Town 

French is standing at bay, ' 

Jellicoe's ships rise up and down. 

Holding the sea's highway. 
And you that loaf where the skies are 

And play by a petticoat hem 
These are the men who are fighting for 

What are you doing for them? 
Bravo, then, for the men who fight! 

Down with the men who play! 
It's a fight to the end for honor and 

It's a fight for our lives today! 

— Fred. E. Weatkerly. 


We have loaded many a vessel with 

our sea-bound hay and wheat; 
We have seen the timber schooners take 

the breeze, 
But we've lately shipped a cargo in a 

manner rather neat, 
That's consigned to you — Britannia — 

over seas. 

It was but a small consignment — it 

was merely just enough 
To show the only true Canadian brand; 
We can ship on shortest notice — for 

we've plenty of the stuff — 
It's standing ready waiting to our hand. 

It's a blend of two good races — and the 

best we have to give — 
We made it on the "Plains" at old 

There was death went to the making — 

but the race traditions live. 
United on the crowded transport's deck. 

Our duty's plain before us — you have 

given blood and gold 
To guard us, on the land and 6n the 

We know that you'd despise us, if we 

needed to be told — 
We'll help to "pay the piper"— if you 


The foreign wolves are snarling — they 

are howling[ with delight, 
Their jaws a-dnp with venom and with 

The Lion walketh lonely — for the cubs 

are out of sight — 
They're crouching for the onset, all the 


We are ready, England! ready! you 
have hut to say the word! 

They lied who said our loyalty was 

'Twas not our voices only — but our 
heartbeats that you heard — 

Invite us — and we follow as of old. 

—M. H. B. 


Last year he drew the harvest home 
Along the winding upland lane; 
The children twisted marigolds 
Aiid clover flowers, to deck his mane. 
Last year — he drew the harvest home! 

To-day — with puzzled, patient face. 
With ears a-droop, and weary feet. 
He marches to the sound of drums, 
And^ draws the gun along the street. 
To-day — he draws the gui of war! 

— L. G. Moberly.