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THEODORE ROOSEVELT, by            
First Line: Iron is in his blood. He lives to fight
Last Line: The record of his battles for the good.
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)


IRON is in his blood. He lives to fight,
To yield not, fear not, nor retreat;
Give him the giant odds that mean defeat —
He still fights on! Whatever he deems right
He guards with the reserve-corps of his might;
Swiftly he strikes. His triumphs are complete;
He has no flag of truce. The foe must meet
Him face to face, or safety find in flight.

More men like him we need! Who dare to face
The odds he craves, and give their very blood
For sake of principle. The groping race
Through such as he finds better brotherhood;
There lives no foe that ever can erase
The record of his battles for the good.





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