Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume I/Courage

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771449Poems, Volume I — CourageFlorence Earle Coates


'T IS the front toward life that matters most—
The tone, the point of view,
The constancy that in defeat
Remains untouched and true;

For death in patriot fight may be
Less gallant than a smile,
And high endeavor, to the Gods,
Seems in itself worth while!