CANADIAN BALLADS,

AND

OCCASIONAL VERSES.

By Thomas D’Arcy McGee


 

ALONG THE LINE!



A. D. 1812.


Steady be your beacon’s blaze
              Along the line! along the line!
Freely sing dear Freedom’s praise
              Along the line! along the line!
Let the only sword you draw
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Bear the legend of the law,
Wield it less to strike than awe,
              Along the line! along the line!


II.
 


Let them rail against the North,
              Beyond the line! beyond the line!

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When it sends its heroes forth,
              Along the line! along the line!
On the field or in the camp
They shall tremble at your tramp,
Men of the old Norman stamp,

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              Along the line, along the line! [Page 47]


III.
 


Wealth and pride may rear their crests,
              Beyond the line! beyond the line!
They bring no terror to our breasts,
              Along the line! along the line!

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We have never bought or sold
Afric’s sons with Mexic’s gold,
Conscience arms the free and bold,
              Along the line! along the line!


IV.


Steadfast stand, and sleepless ward,
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              Along the line! along the line!
Great the treasures that you guard
              Along the line! along the line!
By the babes whose sons shall be
Crowned in far futurity,

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With the laurels of the free,
              Stand your guard along the line! [Page 48]