Back Along the Old Trail

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Back Along the Old Trail  (1921) 
by Henry Clarence Pitz
As rendered in The Boy Scouts Year Book (1921):


Back Along the Old Trail

Look back over the trail, Scout, the trail of your battling sires,
The trail that mounts from the centuries' depths to the peak of your own desires.
See how it climbs from the dusk of the Past, from the Age of Bronze and Stone.
Through the veil of years, with toil and tears, to the crest where you stand alone.

Look at the wealth they bring you, Scout, the heritage of the years;
The fire of the Norseman rovers, the mind of the Celtic seers,
The strength of the Saxon bowmen, the courage of the grim Tartar.
Men have fought and men have wrought, to make you what you are.

Look that you keep the faith, Scout, true to the hopes they dared,
The visions and dreams they died for, the faiths they held and shared.
Like to your sires of old, Scout, be ye a pioneer too;
Keen-eyed and sure, clear-eyed and pure, that the trail may be cleared anew.

VERSE AND DECORATION[1] BY HENRY PITZ

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

The author died in 1976, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 30 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.