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Over Here   By: (1881-1959)

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OVER HERE

by

EDGAR A. GUEST

Author of "A Heap o' Livin'" "Just Folks"

The Reilly & Britton Co. Chicago

1918

To the Mothers Over Here

INDEX

Alarm, The America April Thoughts As It Looks to the Boy Battle Prayer, A Beautifying the Flag Better Thing, The Big Deeds, The Bigger Than His Dad Boy Enlists, The Boy's Adventure, The Call, The Call to Service, The Change, The Chaplain, The Christmas, 1918 Christmas Box, The Christmas Greeting, A Complacent Slacker, The Constant Beauty Creed, A Discovery of a Soul, The Do Your All Drafted Duty Easy Service Envy Everywhere in America Exempt Father's Prayer, A Father's Thoughts, A Father's Tribute, A Flag, The Flag on the Farm, The Fly a Clean Flag Follow the Flag For Your Boy and Mine Friendly Greeting, The From Laughter to Labor Future, The General Pershing Girl He Left Behind, The Glory of Age, The Gold Givers, The Good Luck Good Soldier, A Hate Here We Are! His Room His Santa Claus Honor Roll, The Hope I Follow a Famous Father Ideals If He Should Meet a Mother There Important Thing, The Joy to Be, The July the Fourth, 1917 Kelly Ingram Life's Slacker Living Memorial Day Mother Faith, The Mother on the Sidewalk, The Mothers and Wives My Part New Year, The Next of Kin Our Duty to Our Flag Out of It All Over Here Patriot, A Patriotic Creed, A Patriotic Wish, A Plea, A Prayer, A Prayer, 1918, A Princess Pats, The Proof of Worth, The Prophecy Rebellion Reflection Runner McGee See It Through Selfishness Show the Flag Soldier on Crutches, The Soldierly Spring in the Trenches Struggle, The Sympathy Taking His Place Thanksgiving Things That Make a Soldier Great, The Thoughts of a Soldier Time for Deeds, The To a Kindly Critic To a Lady Knitting To the Men at Home Undaunted, The United Unsettled Scores, The Waiter at the Camp, The Warriors War's Homecoming We Need a Few More Optimists We've Had a Letter From the Boy We Who Stay at Home When the Drums Shall Cease to Beat Why We Fight Wish, A Wrist Watch Man, The Your Country Needs You

Over Here

Pledged to the bravest and the best, We stand, who cannot share the fray, Staunch for the danger and the test. For them at night we kneel and pray. Be with them, Lord, who serve the truth, And make us worthy of our youth!

Here mother love and father love Unite in love of country now; Here to the flag that flies above, Our heads we reverently bow; Here as one people, night and day, For victory we work and pray.

Nor race nor creed shall difference make, Nor bigot mar the zealot's plan; We give our all for Freedom's sake, Each man a king, each king a man. Make us the equal, Lord, we pray Of them who die for truth to day!

Let us as gladly give our best, Let us as bravely pay the price As they, who in the bitter test Meet the supremest sacrifice. Oh, God! Wherever we are led, Let us be worthy of our dead!

Let us not compromise the truth, Let us not cringe so much in fear That foes may whisper to our youth That we have failed in courage here. Lord, strengthen us, that they may know Our spirits follow where they go!

Why We Fight

This is the thing we fight: A cry of terror in the night; A ship on work of mercy bent A carrier of the sick and maimed Beneath the cruel waters sent, And those that did it, unashamed.

A woman who had tried to fill A mother's place; had nursed the ill And soothed the troubled brows of pain And earned the dying's grateful prayers, Before a wall by soldiers slain! And such a poor pretext was theirs!

Old women pierced by bayonets grim And babies slaughtered for a whim, Cathedrals made the sport of shells, No mercy, even for a child, As though the imps of all the hells Were crazed with drink and running wild... Continue reading book >>




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