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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Songs of Greater Britain (1899)
II. The Colonists
By Cicely Fox-Smith (1882–1954)
WE have heard a voice that calls us—
  A voice that bids us go—
A voice that bids us waken
  From the narrow world we know.
We go to do our duty,        5
  Unfearing toil and pain,
For the flag, the flag of England,
  The flag that rules the main!
There are fairer meads in England
  Than these, so parched and sere;        10
The wild birds’ song in England
  Is sweeter far than here.
We may not dwell in England,
  For we have work to do
For the land, the land of England,        15
  The land we love so true!
Still, still the sons of England
  Pursue the onward track,
Tho’ men who look not forward
  Strive hard to hold them back.        20
Still, still the word is “Onward!”
  With hearts that fear not blame,
On the way, the way of Britons,
  The way that leads to fame!

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