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THE SWORD

 

What rights the brave?

The sword!

What frees the slave?

The sword!

What smites in twain

The tyrantís chain,

And make his gyves and fetters vain?

The sword!

 

Chorus

 

Then cease thy proud task never

While rests a link to sever!

Guard of the free,

We'll cherish thee,

And keep thee bright forever!

 

What checks the knave?

The sword!

What smites to save?

The sword!

What wreaks the wrong

Unpunished long,

At last, upon the guilty strong?

The sword!

 

What shelters wright?

The sword!

What makes it might?

The sword!

What strikes the crown

Of tyrants down,

And answers with its flash their frown?

The sword!

 

Still be thou true,

Good sword!

We'll die or do,

Good Sword!

Leap forth to light

If tyrants smite,

And trust our arms to wield thee right,

Good Sword!

 

Chorus

 

Yes! cease thy proud task never

While rests a link to sever!

Guard of the free,

We'll cherish thee,

and keep thee bright for ever!

 

 

M.J. Barry - from "Song of The Sword and The Soldier"