To all to whom this little book may come--
Health for yourselves and those you hold most dear!
Content abroad, and happiness at home,
And--one grand Secret in your private ear: --
One man in a thousand, Solomon says,
Will stick more close than a brother.
And it's worth while seeking him half your days
If you find him before the other.
"Soldier, soldier come from the wars,
Why don't you march with my true love?"
"We're fresh from off the ship an' 'e's maybe give the slip,
An' you'd best go look for a new love."
Father and Mother, and Me,
Sister and Auntie say
All the people like us are We,
And every one else is They.
The American Spirit speaks:
"If the Led Striker call it a strike,
We are very slightly changed
From the semi-apes who ranged
India's Prehistoric clay;
He that drew the longest bow
I do not look for holy saints to guide me on my way,
Or male and female devilkins to lead my feet astray.
If these are added, I rejoice---if not, I shall not mind,
So long as I have leave and choice to meet my fellow-kind.
We're foot--slog--slog--slog--sloggin' over Africa --
Foot--foot--foot--foot--sloggin' over Africa --
Written for "The Pageant of Parliament," 1934
Like Princes crowned they bore them--