Beyond the Hills of Dream

by William Wilfred Campbell


 

The Lazarus of Empire


 

THE Celt, he is proud in his protest,
The Scot, he is calm in his place,
For each has a word in the ruling and doom
Of the Empire that honors his race;
And the Englishman, dogged and grim,
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Looks the world in the face as he goes,
And he holds a proud lip, for he sails his own ship,
And he cares not for rivals nor foes:—
But lowest and last, with his areas vast,
And horizon so servile and tame,
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Sits the poor beggar Colonial
Who feeds on the crumbs of her fame.
 
He knows no place in her councils,
He holds no part in the word
That girdles the world with its thunders
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When the fiat of Britain is heard:—
He beats no drums to her battles,
He gives no triumphs her name,
But lowest and last, with his areas vast,
He feeds on the crumbs of her fame.
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How long, O how long, the dishonor,
The servile and suppliant place?
Are we Britons who batten upon her,
Or degenerate sons of the race?
It is souls that make nations, not numbers,
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As our forefathers proved in the past.
Let us take up the burden of empire,
Or nail our own flag to the mast.
Doth she care for us, value us, want us,
Or are we but pawns in the game;
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Where lowest and last, with our areas vast,
We feed on the crumbs of her fame?