The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

A Scrap of Paper

"Just for a word, 'neutrality' . . just for a scrap of paper, Great Britain was going to make war."--The German Chancellor to the British Ambassador in Berlin

JUST for a "scrap of paper,"

Just for a Nation's word

Just for a clean tradition,

Just for a treaty slurred

Just for a pledge defaulted

Just for a dastard blow, Just for an ally's summons

Just for a friend struck low

Just for the weal of progress,

Just for a trust held dear,

Just for the rights of mankind,

Just for a duty clear;

Just for a Prussian insult

Just for a splendid causc

Just for the hope of progress

Just for the might of laws

Just for the kingdom's peril

Just for a deed of shame

Just for defense of honor,

Just for British name!