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Jessie B. Rittenhouse, ed. (1869–1948).  The Little Book of Modern Verse.  1917.
 
124. Comrades
 
By Richard Hovey
 
 
COMRADES, pour the wine to-night
For the parting is with dawn!
Oh, the clink of cups together,
With the daylight coming on!
Greet the morn        5
With a double horn,
When strong men drink together!
 
Comrades, gird your swords to-night,
For the battle is with dawn!
Oh, the clash of shields together,        10
With the triumph coming on!
Greet the foe,
And lay him low,
When strong men fight together!
 
Comrades, watch the tides to-night,        15
For the sailing is with dawn!
Oh, to face the spray together,
With the tempest coming on!
Greet the sea
With a shout of glee,        20
When strong men roam together!
 
Comrades, give a cheer to-night,
For the dying is with dawn!
Oh, to meet the stars together,
With the silence coming on!        25
Greet the end
As a friend a friend,
When strong men die together!
 

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