31 March 1916

St George and the Dragon: Zeppelin L-15 in the Thames by Donald Maxwell. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM, Art. IWM ART 888.

St George and the Dragon: Zeppelin L-15 in the Thames by Donald Maxwell. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum © IWM, Art. IWM ART 888.

No signal wakes the sleeping coast,
No bonfires blaze in vain;
The printed word unsheathes the sword
And calls to arms again.

Where forests clothe the silent hills,
And ferns adorn the stream,
Where red dust hides the distant plain,
And rustics idly dream;

In hamlets off the beaten track,
Where news is seldom heard;
In many a bush-encircled home,
They pass the thrilling word.

”To arms!” the cry that oft has stirred,
The kindling zeal of men.
It lingers in the sultry vale,
And haunts the lonely glen.

“To arms!” the Empire calls for men
Of fine heroic mould.
Whose stalwart arms may wield the sword
Their fathers held of old.

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