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TO GALLANT FRANCE, by                 Poet Analysis     Poet's Biography
First Line: The lord himself died on the cross
Last Line: Shall rise in victory!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tremaine, John
Subject(s): France; World War Ii; Second World War

THE Lord Himself died on the cross
He was not spared, and we
Must follow in his tortured steps
The road to Calvary.

Then why should France feel desolate
Believe her fight was vain
For who can tell what glory lies
Beyond her voiceless pain?

Surely since God's own son had need
To die upon the tree
France, too, though nailed upon the cross
Shall rise in victory!

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