CANADIAN BALLADS,

AND

OCCASIONAL VERSES.

By Thomas D’Arcy McGee


 

AN INTERNATIONAL SONG.



[CHORUS.]
 


            Comrades! awhile suspend your glee,
            And fill your glasses solemnly,
            —I give the Brave Man’s Memory.


I.
 


There is one Brotherhood on Earth,
Whereto brave men belong by birth,

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And he who will not honor one,
Wherever found—himself is none—
                                    Comrades! awhile, &c.


II.
 


Where’er they fought, howe’er they fell,
The question is—was’t ill or well;

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Victors or vanquished—did they stand
True to the flag they had in hand?
                                    Comrades! awhile, &c. [Page 51]


III.
 


What! shall we then at Waterloo
Deny to either, honor due?

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Belie the hero of the day,
Or grudge the fame of gallant Ney?
                                    Comrades! awhile, &c.


IV.
 


Who looks on Abram’s storied plain
May honor most one hero’s name;

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But we conjoin to-night the three—
Here’s Wolfe, Montcalm, Montgomery.
                                    Comrades! awhile, &c. [Page 52]