The Veterans

(Written for the gathering
of survivors of the Indian
Mutiny, Albert Hall, 1907.)

Today, across our fathers’ graves,
  The astonished years reveal
The remnant of that desperate host
   Which cleansed our East with steel. 

Hail and farewell! We greet you here,
  With tears that none will scorn—
O Keepers of the House of old,
  Or ever we were born! 

One service more we dare to ask—
  Pray for us, heroes, pray,
That when Fate lays on us our task
  We do not shame the Day!