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Vive La France 1
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The Unspeakable Turk
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After-days
When the last gun has long withheld Its thunder, and i...

Sergeant York Of Tennessee
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The Tommy
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Where The Tide Turned
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Duty
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President Wilson In France
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In Memoriam
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A Boy Of Perugia
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Trees
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The Quality Of Mercy
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Harry Lauder Sings
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The United States At War--in France
Adapted with a few omissions and changes in language from the...

A Carol From Flanders
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I Knew You Would Come
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Song Of The Aviator






(This poem was written for an entertainment given by the Y.M.C.A. at
an aviation barracks in a large camp in France. Mrs. Wilcox addressed
five hundred aviators, and these verses were recited with great effect
by Mrs. May Randall. After the entertainment there was a rush to
obtain autographed copies of the poem.)

You may thrill with the speed of your thoroughbred steed,
You may laugh with delight as you ride the ocean,
You may rush afar in your touring car,
Leaping, sweeping by things that are creeping--
But you never will know the joy of motion
Till you rise up over the earth some day
And soar like an eagle, away--away.

High and higher, above each spire,
Till lost to sight is the tallest steeple,
With the winds you chase in a valiant race,
Looping, swooping, where mountains are grouping,
Hailing them comrades, in place of people.
Oh, vast is the rapture the bird man knows
As into the ether he mounts and goes.

He is over the sphere of human fear;
He has come into touch with things supernal.
At each man's gate death stands await;
And dying flying were better than lying
In sick beds crying for life eternal.
Better to fly halfway to God
Than to burrow too long like a worm in the sod.

ELLA WHEELER WILCOX.





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