The Great War

from Great Poems of the World War, an electronic edition

They Shall Not Pass

THEY shall not pass,

While Britain's sons draw breath,

While strength is theirs to strike with shining sword.

They shall not pass,

Except they pass to Death--

For British fighting men have pledged their word.

They shall not pass--

France knows no defeat,

Nor hesitates to nobly pay the price.

They shall not pass

Till brave hearts cease to beat,

And none shall stand to fall in sacrifice.

They shall not pass-

America will stand

As long as lips can answer her, "I come."

They shall not pass

To strike the lové land,

That freedom's children rise to call their home.