Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VIII. National Spirit
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
I. Patriotism
Men of the North and West
Richard Henry Stoddard (1825–1903)
[April, 1861]

MEN of the North and West,
    Wake in your might.
Prepare, as the rebels have done,
    For the fight!
You cannot shrink from the test;        5
Rise! Men of the North and West!
They have torn down your banner of stars;
    They have trampled the laws;
They have stifled the freedom they hate,
    For no cause!        10
Do you love it or slavery best?
Speak! Men of the North and West!
They strike at the life of the State:
    Shall the murder be done?
They cry: “We are two!” And you?        15
    “We are one!”
You must meet them, then, breast to breast;
On! Men of the North and West!
Not with words; they laugh them to scorn,
    And tears they despise;        20
But with swords in your hands, and death
    In your eyes!
Strike home! leave to God all the rest;
Strike! Men of the North and West!

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