Lyrics of Life (1909)/Le Grand Salut

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Lyrics of Life by Florence Earle Coates
Le Grand Salut

LE GRAND SALUT

"Major Dreyfus, in the name of the Republic and of the people of France, I proclaim you a knight of the Legion of Honour"

There is a power in innocence, a might
 Which, clothed in weakness, makes injustice vain:
 A strength, o'ertopping reason to explain.
Which bears it—though deep-buried out of sight—
Slowly and surely upward to the light:
 A conscious certainty amidst its pain
 That, robbed of all things, it shall all regain,
Through that eternal law which guards the right.


O Dreyfus! Thy dear country has restored
 More than thine honour in her hour supreme.
  Noble, indeed, though able so to err,
 God spared thee to her that she might redeem
Herself, and hand thee back thy blameless sword.
  Listen! the world salutes—not only thee, but her!