Flint and Feather

by Emily Pauline Johnson


 

THE MAN IN CHRYSANTHEMUM LAND

WRITTEN FOR “THE SPECTATOR”


 

There’s a brave little berry-brown man
At the opposite side of the earth;
Of the White, and the Black, and the Tan,
He’s the smallest in compass and girth.
O! he’s little, and lively, and Tan,
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And he’s showing the world what he’s worth.
For his nation is born, and its birth
Is for hardihood, courage, and sand,
    So you take off your cap
    To the brave little Jap
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Who fights for Chrysanthemum Land.

Near the house that the little man keeps,
There’s a Bug-a-boo building its lair;
It prowls, and it growls, and it sleeps
At the foot of his tiny back stair.
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But the little brown man never sleeps,
For the Brownie will battle the Bear—
He has soldiers and ships to command;
    So take off your cap
    To the brave little Jap
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Who fights for Chrysanthemum Land. [Page 158]

Uncle Sam stands a-watching near by,
With his finger aside of his nose—
John Bull with a wink in his eye,
Looks round to see how the wind blows—
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O! jolly old John, with his eye
Ever set on the East and its woes.
More than hoeing their own little rows
These wary old wags understand,
    But they take off their caps
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    To the brave little Japs
Who fight for Chrysanthemum Land.

Now he’s given us Geishas, and themes
For operas, stories, and plays,
His silks and his chinas are dreams,
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And we copy his quaint little ways;
O! we look on his land in our dreams,
But his value we failed to appraise,
For he’ll gather his laurels and bays—
His Cruisers and Columns are manned,
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    And we take off our caps
    To the brave little Japs
Who fight for Chrysanthemum Land. [Page 159]