Poems (Coates 1916)/Volume II/"Honor, Not Honors"

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HAST thou for honor laid ambition down?
Honor, itself, shall be thy sure reward,
A guard more certain than a flaming sword,—
A crown above a crown.

Since it is honor stays thy lofty quest,
Welcome the high defeat thy spirit dares!
Aye, wear it proudly as a victor wears
The star upon his breast!