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THE ROAD TO FRANCE, by            
First Line: Thank god, our liberating lance
Last Line: See, with what proud hearts we advance to france!
Subject(s): France; Patriotism; World War I; First World War


THANK God our liberating lance
Goes flaming on the way to France!
To France -- the trail the Gurkhas found!
To France -- old England's rallying ground!
To France -- the path the Russians strode!
To France -- the Anzac's glory road!
to France -- where our Lost Legion ran
To fight and die for God and man!
To France -- with every race and breed
That hates Oppression's brutal creed!
Ah France -- how could our hearts forget
The path by which came Lafayette?
How could the haze of doubt hang low
Upon the road of Rochambeau?
At last, thank God! At last we see
There is no tribal Liberty!
No beacon lighting just our shores!
No Freedom guarding but our doors!
The flame she kindled for our sires
Burns now in Europe's battle fires!
The soul that led our fathers west
Turns back to free the world's oppressed!

Allies, you have not called in vain;
We share your conflict and your pain.
"Old Glory," through new stains and rents,
Partakes of Freedom's sacraments.
Into that hell his will creates
We drive the foe -- his lusts, his hates.
Last come, we will be last to stay,
Till Right has had her crowning day.
Replenish, comrades, from our veins,
The blood the sword of despot drains,
And make our eager sacrifice
Part of the freely-rendered price
You pay to lift humanity --
You pay to make our brothers free!
See, with what proud hearts we advance To France!





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