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BE A MAN!, by            
First Line: In the battle rush o' life
Last Line: Like a man!
Subject(s): Men


IN the battle rush o' life,
Be a man!
In the never-ceasing strife,
Be a man!
If at hammer, plough, or pen,
Show to a' your fellow-men,
duty's creed ye only ken,
Like a man!
Though your lot is unco hard,
Be a man!
Though ye reap but sma' reward,
Be a man!
Life is best when guid an' true,
Honest deeds ne'er sink frae view,
Richt repays, if ye pursue
Like a man!

When amid your lowly friends,
Be a man!
When success your path attends,
Be a man!
Bear a jealous neebor's hate,
Bear the cauldness o' the great,
Bear the troubles o' your fate,
Like a man!

If o'erwhelm'd wi' pain or grief,
Be a man!
Though your joys gi'e nae relief,
Be a man!
Stand erect before a foe,
Ne'er a coward's effort show,
Smile on Death's exultin' blow
Like a man!





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