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May Compassion, Wisdom and Strength
Buy thy life with thy young years
They said to youthful man
Or the cold wind of age and fame
Will blow you o'er the land
Else sword and spear may rend thy life
Of what your vision held
And 'ere the long grass grows above ye
On that knobby knell
Buy thy life with thy strong heart
And while your vision's keen
Keep the rudder of thy ship
Upon the Sun's bright beam
And waver not, stay fast and true
Go forth with all your might
To conquer foe, to win the goal
For Honor, God, and Right
The Ship may keel, the mast be thrown
And pallor to and fro
May call your members up in arms
To bring you down below
But know that these of lies, deceit
Know not of lofty goals
The will to win, the fire within
Will guide you to God's throne
© 2007 Orion Beaufort. Used with permission.
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