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Recessional
By . . .
Rudyard Kipling
. . . .
A Victorian Ode

COPYRIGHT
BLANCHE McMANUS
1897

God of our fathers, known of old — /Lord of our far-flung battle line — /Beneath whose awful hand we hold /Dominion over palm and pine — /Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, /Lest we forget—lest we forget!



The tumult and the shouting dies —/the Captains and the Kings depart —/Still stands Thine ancient sacrifice, /An humble and a contrite heart. /Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, /Lest we forget — lest we forget!








Far—called our navies melt away—/On dune and headland sinks the fire—/Lo, all our pomp of yesterday/Is one with Nineveh and Tyre! /Judge of the Nations, spare us yet,/Lest we forget—lest we forget!








If, drunk with sight of power, we loose /Wild tongues that have not Thee in awe/Such boasting as the Gentiles use, /Or lesser breeds without the Law—/Lord God of hosts, be with us yet, /Lest we forget—lest we forget!








For heathen heart that puts her trust/In reeking tube and iron shard - /All valiant dust that builds on dust. /And guarding calls not Thee to guard. /For frantic boast and foolish word, /Thy Mercy on thy People, Lord!/Amen.








WITH DECoRATIVE EMBELLISHMENTS BY BLANCHE McMANUS

NEW YORK . . . . EIGHTEEN/HUNDRED AND NINETY-NINE/M. F. MANSFIELD & A. WESSELS

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