[Editor: This poem by L. E. Homfray was published in Australians, Awake! And Other Poems (1915).]
From cottage home, and Palace Hall
An army brave goes forth to war,
Through every age, from every land
Till time itself shall be no more.
Their lives may not remembered be,
Their names forgotten or unknown;
But in the Book of golden deeds
Each true and noble act is shown.
The hearts which in temptation’s hour
Still bore a pure untarnished light,
And stretched a willing hand to save,
A feeble brother in the fight.
And those who fell in paths of shame
Yet rose again to holier life,
Still bearing through the onward years
The scars of that tremendous strife.
And some who bore through patient years
A weary cross of pain or care,
Or watched their bright hopes fade away
As all the world looked passing fair,
Their names may not remembered be,
Their sacrifices all unknown,
But they shall stand in God’s great day
As heroes round His Altar Throne.
L. E. Homfray, Australians, Awake! And Other Poems, Sydney: D. S. Ford, [1915?], pages 12-13
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