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The Call to Arms

From the Grand Forks Daily Herald, December 12, 1914. By W. M. Leets.

There’s a woman sobs her heart out,
With her head against the door,
For the man that’s called to leave her,
God have pity on the poor!
    But it’s beat, drums, beat,
    While the lads march down the street.
    And it’s blow, trumpets, blow,
    Keep your tears until they go.

There’s a crowd of little children
That march along and shout,
For it’s fine to play at soldiers
Now their fathers are called out.
    So it’s beat, drums, beat,
    But who’ll find them food to eat?
    And it’s blow, trumpets, blow,
    Ah! the children little know.

Ther’s a mother who stands watching
For the last look of her son,
A worn, poor widow woman,
And he her only one.
    But it’s beat, drums, beat,
    Though God knows when we shall meet;
    And it’s blow, trumpets, blow,
    We must smile and cheer them so.

There’s a young girl who stands laughing,
For she thinks a war is grand.
And it’s fine to see the lads pass,
And it’s fine to hear the band.
    So it’s beat, drums, beat,
    To the fall of many feet;
    And it’s blow, trumpets, blow,
    God go with you where you go
    To the war.

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