A Hymn of Empire and Other Poems

by Frederick George Scott


 

ON THE RETURN OF OUR TROOPS


 

THE seal set on our nationhood are these
    Strong men, returning victors from the war;
    Up to the battle’s very front they bore
Our country’s honour, till with every breeze
Fame sang their valour round the seven seas.
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    For us they braved death in the cannon’s roar,
    For us their comrades died, and nevermore
Will see the loved homes ’neath our maple trees.

Throw wide thy gates, O Canada, throw wide
    The portals of thy gratitude; these men

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Have roused the God in us. Now cast aside
        All littleness of aim. With courage high
And loftier purpose, to thy tasks again,
        And carve thine own illustrious destiny.