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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 15, Issue 2 (May 1, 1940.)



Ring out the bells—
The trumpets sound
The flaunting flags are high,
The ships of war are in the bay
The war-planes in the sky.
Who shall forget
The living dead—
They who returned from hell,
And left their youth in no-man's-land
Where friend and comrade fell.
Roll out you drums—
Your cry “to arms”
The thud of marching feet,
Shall leave its mem'ry on the quay
Its echo in the street.
Women shall weep
For men again
So brave within their sight—
And old men charge their glasses to
The lads gone out to fight.
The suns will still
Come with the dawns
And go with daylight's wane:
Pray God our dear gay marching youth
Will see our suns again.

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