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The Fiery Cross: An Anthology of War Poems, an electronic edition

by Mabel C. Edwards and Mary Booth, eds. [Edwards, Mabel C. and Booth, Mary]

date: [1915]
source publisher: [Grant Richards Ltd.]
collections: World War I, Early 20th Century Literature

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"Despise not the Day of Small Things"

Niuë, a little island in the South Seas, sent a message, on the outbreak of war, to offer to Great Britain "From a little child of the Empire," two portions--first, men; secondly, money.

A LITTLE child of Empire, I
My little gifts give willingly;
Two portions have I, men and gold,
Would I could give a hundredfold!
To Britain's mighty army then
Does "Niuë" offer twenty men
And money in a like degree,
With dark hearts' love and loyalty.
For surely he, our Great White King,
Can look upon a little thing,
And will the burning spirit see
In us, dark children though we be.