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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


American Boys, Hello!


Oh! we love all the French, and we speak in French
As along through France we go.
But the moments to us that are keen and sweet
Are the ones when our khaki boys we meet,
Stalwart and handsome and trim and neat;
And we call to them-Boys, hello!
Hello, American boys,
Luck to you, and lifes best joys!
American boys, hello!

We couldnt do that if we were at home-
It never would do, you know!
For there you must wait till youre told whos who,
And to meet in the way that nice folks do.
Though you knew his name, and your name he knew-
You never would say Hello, hello, American boy!
But here its just a joy,
As we pass along in the stranger throng,
To call out, Boys, hello!

For each is a brother away from home;
And this we are sure is so,
Theres a lonesome spot in his heart somewhere,
And we want him to feel there are friends right there
In this foreign land, and so we dare
To call out Boys, hello!
Hello, American boys,
Luck to you, and lifes best joys!
American boys, hello!



Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. The Birth of the Opal
  2. But a Dream
  3. The Awakening (I love the tropics, where sun and rain)
  4. The Breaking of Chains
  5. The Chain


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