Hawk of the pines,

Hawk of the plain-winds fleet,

You shall be king

There in the iron street,

Factory and forge

Trodden beneath your feet.

There will proud trees

Grow as they grow by streams.

There will proud thoughts

Walk as in warrior dreams.

There will proud deeds

Bloom as when battle gleams!

Warriors of Art,

We will hold council there,

Hewing in stone

Things to the trapper fair,

Painting the gray

Veils that the spring moons wear,

This our revenge,

This one tremendous change:

Making new towns,

Lit with a star-fire strange,

Wild as the dawn

Gilding the bison-range.

All the young men

Chanting your cause that day,

Red-men, new-made

Out of the Saxon clay,

Strong and redeemed,

Bold in your war-array!

The Jingo and the Minstrel

An Argument for the Maintenance of Peace and Goodwill

with the Japanese People

Glossary for the uninstructed and the hasty: Jimmu Tenno,

ancestor of all the Japanese Emperors; Nikko, Japan's loveliest shrine;

Iyeyasu, her greatest statesman; Bushido, her code of knighthood;

The Forty-seven Ronins, her classic heroes; Nogi, her latest hero;

Fuji, her most beautiful mountain.

# The minstrel speaks. #

"Now do you know of Avalon

That sailors call Japan?

She holds as rare a chivalry

As ever bled for man.

King Arthur sleeps at Nikko hill

Where Iyeyasu lies,

And there the broad Pendragon flag

In deathless splendor flies."

# The jingo answers. #

*"Nay, minstrel, but the great ships come

From out the sunset sea.

We cannot greet the souls they bring

With welcome high and free.

How can the Nippon nondescripts

That weird and dreadful band

Be aught but what we find them here: --

The blasters of the land?"*

# The minstrel replies. #

"First race, first men from anywhere

To face you, eye to eye.

For *that* do you curse Avalon

And raise a hue and cry?

These toilers cannot kiss your hand,

Or fawn with hearts bowed down.

Be glad for them, and Avalon,

And Arthur's ghostly crown.

"No doubt your guests, with sage debate

In grave things gentlemen

Will let your trade and farms alone

And turn them back again.

But why should brawling braggarts rise

With hasty words of shame

To drive them back like dogs and swine

Who in due honor came?"

# The jingo answers. #

*"We cannot give them honor, sir.

We give them scorn for scorn.

And Rumor steals around the world

All white-skinned men to warn

Against this sleek silk-merchant here

And viler coolie-man

And wrath within the courts of war

Brews on against Japan!"*

# The minstrel replies. #

"Must Avalon, with hope forlorn,

Her back against the wall,

Have lived her brilliant life in vain

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