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First Line: Who goes there? An american!
Last Line: Honor and faith for roosevelt.
Subject(s): Presidents, United States; Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919)


WHO goes there? An American!
Brain and spirit, brawn and heart.
Twas for him that the nations spared
Each to the years its noblest part,
Till from the Dutch, the Gaul, and Celt
Blossomed the soul of Roosevelt.

Student, trooper, and gentleman,
Level lidded with times and kings,
His the voice for the comrades' cheer;
His the ear when the sabre rings.
Then shades of the old days melt
In the quick glance of Roosevelt.

Hand that's moulded to hilt of sword,
Heart that ever has laughed at fear,
Type and pattern of civic pride,
Wit and grace of the cavalier.
All that his fathers prayed and felt
Gleams in the glance of Roosevelt.

Who goes there? An American!
Man to the core as men should be.
Let him pass through the line alone,
Type of the sons of liberty.
Here where his fathers' fathers dwelt
Honor and faith for Roosevelt.





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