Tuesday, September 24, 2013

"Sad Hearts, Be Strong, Be Brave!" by Rev. T.L. Drury (1918)

Sad Hearts, Be Strong, Be Brave!

(Suggested by the death in battle of Henry S. Nims [d. September 25, 1918] of Troy.)


Written for The Troy Times.

Sad hearts, be strong, be brave.

In times that are so grave;

The boy you lost was true

To country and to you.

Each hero leaves behind

Remembrance, that is kind;

To serve is virtue great

For freedom and the state.

Not vain are souls that give

Their best while yet they live;

Nor vain their lot to die

For purpose that is high.

By such brave souls are we

The stronger men and free;

By such the nation seems

The grander in our dreams.

Then let us serve with love,

For those did worthy prove

When came the stern command

For flag and native land.

We therefore think of him

Who fell in battle grim

As hero free and brave,

Who noble service gave.

For you, dear Land, each son

Who had his armor on,

His deeds shall some new morn

Your pages white adorn.

Sad hearts, be strong, be brave,

The best you had you gave,

And loyal was the deed

To flag in Country's need.

Troy Times. October 31, 1918: 7 col 1.

Findagrave.com (linked above) indicates that Henry S. Nims is interred in the Somme American Cemetery and Memorial in Picardie, France.

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