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First Line: Brave as a lion I must be
Last Line: I sense it tho my sight is dim.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): Courage; Valor; Bravery


Brave as a lion I must be
To face this jeering world
With my black face and rugged hair,
When every lip is curled
In bold derision as I pass
A shadow on the looking glass.

Braver than lions must I be
To give to child of mine
A heritage of certain scorn,
A place amid the swine
And bind him over to the sod—
A tethered exile sorrow shod.

Braver than all the brave must be
The race of men I bear,
Forged in the furnaces of hell
And wrought to iron there.
The future years have need of them
I sense it tho my sight is dim.




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