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The Men Who Broke the Strike

The Men Who Broke the Strike.

Brave wardens of the backblocks,
Whose late and early prayer.
Is, “Give us the roads and bridges”—
They and their nags were there.
Now, careless if their roads are
Mud to the saddle girth,
Came they to free the freeman
The highway of the earth.
The same strong hand that feeds us
Has struck the spoiler down;
The makers of the country
Are the saviours of the town!