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BELGIUM



TO THE BELGIANS

ORACE that Cæsar knew,
That won stern Roman praise,
What land not envies you
The laurel of these days?


You built your cities rich
Around each towered hall,—
Without, the statued niche
Within, the pictured wall.


Your ship-thronged wharves, your marts
With gorgeous Venice vied.
Peace and her famous arts
Were yours: though tide on tide


Of Europe's battle scourged
Black field and reddened soil,
From blood and smoke emerged
Peace and her fruitful toil.


Yet when the challenge rang,
"The War-Lord comes; give room!"
Fearless to arms you sprang
Against the odds of doom.


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