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First Line: Life is a trifle
Last Line: Who war against war.
Subject(s): Patriotism; World War I - United States


LIFE is a trifle;
Honor is all;
Shoulder the rifle;
Answer the call.
"A nation of traders"!
We'll show what we are,
Freedom's crusaders
Who war against war.

Battle is tragic;
Battle shall cease;
Ours is the magic
Mission of Peace.
Gladly we barter
Gold of our youth
For Liberty's charter
Blood-sealed in truth.

Sons of the granite,
Strong be our stroke,
Making this planet
Safe for all folk.
Life is but passion,
Sunshine on dew.
Forward to fashion
The old world anew!

"A nation of traders"!
We'll show what we are,
Freedom's crusaders
Who war against war.





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