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  We are the smirched.  Queen Honor is the spotless. 
  We slept thro’ wars where Honor could not sleep. 
  We were faint-hearted.  Honor was full-valiant. 
  We kept a silence Honor could not keep.

  Yet this late day we make a song to praise her. 
  We, codeless, will yet vindicate her code. 
  She who was mighty, walks with us, the beggars. 
  The merchants drive her out upon the road.

  She makes a throne of sod beside our campfire. 
  We give the maiden-queen our rags and tears. 
  A battered, rascal guard have rallied round her,
  To keep her safe until the better years.