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There be triple ways to take, of the eagle or the snake,
Or the way of a man with a maid.
- The Long Trail--L'Envoi to Departmental Ditties
All we have of freedom--all we use or know--
This our fathers bough for us, long and long ago.
- The Old Issue [Freedom]
Over all good things certain, this is sure indeed,
Suffer not the old King, for we know the breed.
- The Old Issue, in the "Five Nations"
There is sorrow enough in the natural way
From men and women to fill our day;
But when we are certain of sorrow in store
Why do we always arrange for more?
Brothers and sisters I bid you beware
Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
- The Power of the Dog [Dogs]
In sight of peace--from the Narrow Seas
O'er half the world to run--
With a cheated crew, to league anew
With the Goth and the shameless Hun.
- The Rowers, in "The Times", Dec. 22, 1902
And the Sons of Mary smile and are blessed--they know the angels are on their side:
They know in them is the Grace confessed, and for them are the Mercies multiplied;
They sit at the Feet, they hear the Word, they see how truly the Promise runs;
They have cast their burden upon the Lord, and--the Lord He lays it on Martha's sons!
- The Sons of Mary [Work]
Make ye no truce with Adam-zad--the Bear that walks like a man.
- The Truce of the Bear [Bears]
A fool there was and he made his prayer
(Even as you and I!)
To a rag and a bone and a hank of hair
(We called her the woman who did not care)
But the fool he called her his lady fair--
(Even as you and I!)
- The Vampire [Wooing]
Take up the White Man's burden.
- The White Man's Burden [Duty]
'Ave you 'eard o' the Widow at Windsor
With a hairy old crown on 'er 'ead?
She 'as ships on the foam--she 'as millions at 'ome,
An' she pays us poor beggars in red.
- The Widow at Windsor [Royalty]
Down to Gehenna or up to the throne,
He travels the fastest who travel alone.
- The Winners [Traveling]
The Light that Failed.
- Title of Story [Light]
For it's Tommy this an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck 'im out, the brute!"
But it's "Savior of 'is country," when the guns begin to shoot.
- Tommy [Soldiers]
When Earth's last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried,
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it--lie down for an aeon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall set us to work anew.
- When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted
"Let us now praise famous men"--
Men of little showing--
For their work continueth,
And their work continueth,
Greater than their knowing.
- Words prefixed to Stalky & Co. [Fame]
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