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The Better Thing - Poem by Edgar Albert Guest

It is better to die for the flag,
For its red and its white and its blue,
Than to hang back and shirk and to lag
And let the flag sink out of view.
It is better to give up this life
In the heat and the thick of the strife
Than to live out your days 'neath a sky,
Where Old Glory shall never more fly.

The peace that we long for will be
Far worse than the war that we dread
If never again we're to see
The blue, and the white and the red
Wind-tossed and sun-kissed in the skies.
If ever the Stars and Stripes dies
Or loses its lustre and pride,
We shall wish in our souls we had died.

It is better by far that we die
Than that flag shall pass out of the world;
If ever it ceases to fly,
If ever it's hauled down and furled,
Dishonor shall stamp us with shame
And freedom be naught but a name,
And the few years of dearly-bought breath
Will be filled with worse horrors than death.
Edgar Albert Guest

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We plucked a red rose, you and I
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raat ko bahar akele ghumna achchha nahin
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Main Kam-Shanaas Murrawat Mein Maara Jaaoon Gaa.

ZarA Kahmosh tuM Betho k Dam aAraaM sE Nikle.!

Idhar HuM Hichki Lety hain.!
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I.

THE FATHER.

FATHER of Heaven, and Him, by whom
It, and us for it, and all else for us,

“Faraz” Ab Koi Sodaa Koi Junoo.n Bhi Nahi
Magar Qaraar Se Din Kat Rahay Hon Yun Bhi Nahi

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Abhi Urooj Par Hai Tumhara Mosam
Khizaan Me Tum Ko Khareed Lenge

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What are you able to build with your blocks?
Castles and palaces, temples and docks.
Rain may keep

Mere labon pe yeh muskurahat magar jo seenay main dard sa hai,
Isi jagah kyun bhattak raha hoon aga

You say that father write a lot of books, but what he write I don't
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