As They Leave Us

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Fugitive verse by Florence Earle Coates
As They Leave Us
As rendered in Patriotic pieces from the Great War (1918):
After the cheers had ceased. Photo by Frank W. Buhler.

AS THEY LEAVE US

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Bid farewell with pride,
 Show no trace of sorrow;
Smile into their eyes,
  Though your courage borrow;
There will be another day,
 And a time
  To pay!


Gallant is their look,
 But their hearts are tender.
Cry aloud your faith!
 Loyal tribute render!
For they go—the young, the brave—
 Liberty
  To save!


Tell them not of fear;
 Whisper not of sadness;
Overbrim to-day
 With heroic gladness;
Let your love, remembered, shine
 As a light
  Benign!


Simple is their trust,
 But 'tis deep as ocean;
Lofty is their hope,
 Selfless their devotion;
And they go—the young, the brave—
 Liberty
  To save!


Hark! The bugles call!
 Wave your banners!—cheer them!
Happy, let them dream
 All that's valiant near them!
They will know, when far from you,
 That the dream
  Was true!

—Florence Earle Coates


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1923.

The author died in 1927, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 80 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.