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Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919).  The Rough Riders.  1899.
          HARK! I hear the tramp of thousands, 
            And of armed men the hum; 
          Lo! a nation's hosts have gathered 
            Round the quick-alarming drum— 
                  Saying, "Come,         5
                  Freemen, come! 
Ere your heritage be wasted," said the quick-alarming drum. 
          "Let me of my heart take counsel: 
            War is not of Life the sum; 
          Who shall stay and reap the harvest10
            When the autumn days shall come?" 
                  But the drum 
                  Echoed, "Come! 
Death shall reap the braver harvest," said the solemn-sounding drum. 
          "But when won the coming battle,15
            What of profit springs therefrom? 
          What if conquest, subjugation, 
            Even greater ills become?" 
                  But the drum 
                  Answered, "Come!20
You must do the sum to prove it," said the Yankee-answering drum. 

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