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The Spike: or, Victoria College Review, June 1909

A Nation Armed

A Nation Armed

It is not for the open purse to make
a satisfaction for our debt as men,
While we lie stupefied within the fen
of selfishness; unwilling to awake
To Duty. Evermore the soul should break
and free herself from low declining
When adversity shall ope the sickly den
of pleasure, and its guilty beings quake.

With arm that is no longer smooth, uplift
Thy sword, and with thy cannon on the shore
make answer to thine enemies' array.
God gives the sacrifice, and He will sift
and choose us-but, like Samuel of yore,
With all thy strength pursue the difficult way.

Hubert Church.