previous next
[29] “Brave soldiers: once that river passed,
     Onward must be our battle cry,
Our all is on the venture cast,
     To march to death or victory.
No backward glance, no base retreat,
     When we our country's foemen meet!”

Then crying, “Follow where I lead,
     I ask you naught I may not do;”
Brave Rousseau, springing from his steed,
     Marched proudly through the waters blue;
Her clasping arms the river pressed
     Around the hero's fearless breast.

The morning sunbeams slightly glanced
     Along the shining path he sped,
And swift the gallant hosts advanced,
     All following where their chieftain led:
While streamed aloft their banner brave,
     Borne proud above the dashing wave.

High over head the glittering arms
     Each warrior held with martial pride;
While loud as battle's wild alarms
     Rung shout on shout along the tide;
Each hill flung back the rallying cry
     “On, on to death or victory.”

Oh! lofty words not idly said,
     For fierce the fight and red the field,
And fallen many a noble head
     E'er Rousseau and his heroes yield.
Then, soldiers, in the gallant fight
     May God defend and save the right.

Oh country! for whose sacred cause
     Such patriot spirits are to bleed;
Oh country! for whose blessed laws
     All that is pure and holy plead--
Before thee well may traitors quail,
     Thy cause is just, and must prevail!

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Rousseau (2)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: