As They Leave Us

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After the cheers had ceased. Photo by Frank W. Buhler.


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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—
  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

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