Dana Burnet

(1888-1962 / United States)

The Battle Of Liège

Now spake the Emperor to all his shining battle forces,
To the Lancers, and the Rifles, to the Gunners and the Horses;—
And his pride surged up within him as he saw their banners stream!—
“’T is a twelve-day march to Paris, by the road our fathers travelled,
And the prize is half an empire when the scarlet road’s unravelled—

Go you now across the border,
God’s decree and William’s order—
Climb the frowning Belgian ridges

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