Augustin S. Macdonald, comp. A Collection of Verse by California Poets. 1914.

By Gelett Burgess

A Toast

HERE’S to the cause, let who will get the glory!

Here’s to the cause, and a fig for the story!

The braggarts may tell it, who serve but for fame;

There’ll be more than enough that will die for the name!

And though, in some eddy, our vessels, unsteady,

Be stranded and wrecked, ere the victory’s won,

Let the current sweep by us! O death! Come and try us!

What if laggards win praise, if the cause shall go on?