Read TO BELGIUM of Current History‚ A Monthly Magazine The European War‚ March 1915 , free online book, by New York Times, on ReadCentral.com.

By EDEN PHILLPOTTS.

[From King Albert’s Book.]

Champion of human honor, let us lave
Your feet and bind your wounds on bended knee,
Though coward hands have nailed you to the tree
And shed your innocent blood and dug your grave,
Rejoice and live! Your oriflamme shall wave
While man has power to perish and be free
A golden flame of holiest liberty,
Proud as the dawn and as the sunset brave.

Belgium, where dwelleth reverence for right
Enthroned above all ideals; where your fate
And your supernal patience and your might
Most sacred grow in human estimate,
You shine a star above this stormy night,
Little no more, but infinitely great.