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William Wilfred Campbell, comp.  The Oxford Book of Canadian Verse.  1913.
The Reckoning
By Theodore Goodridge Roberts (1877–1953)
YE who reckon with England—
  Ye who sweep the seas
Of the flag that Rodney nailed aloft
  And Nelson flung to the breeze—
Count well your ships and your men,        5
  Count well your horse and your guns,
For they who reckon with England
  Must reckon with England’s sons.
Ye who would challenge England—
  Ye who would break the might        10
Of the little isle in the foggy sea
  And the lion-heart in the fight—
Count well your horse and your swords,
  Weigh well your valour and guns,
For they who would ride against England        15
  Must sabre her million sons.
Ye who would roll to warfare
  Your hordes of peasants and slaves,
To crush the pride of an empire
  And sink her fame in the waves—        20
Test well your blood and your mettle,
  Count well your troops and your guns,
For they who battle with England
  Must war with a Mother’s sons.

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