They shall not win

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by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Whatever the strength of our foes is now,
   Whatever it may have been,
This is our slogan, and this our vow -
   They shall not win, they shall not win.

Though out of the darkness they call the aid
   Of the evil forces of Sin,
We utter our slogan unafraid -
   They shall not win, they shall not win.

We know we are right, and know they are wrong,
   So to God above and within -
We make our vow and we sing our song
   They shall not win, they shall not win.

It rises over the shriek of shell,
   And over the cannons' din:
Our slogan shall scatter the hosts of Hell -
   They shall not win, they shall not win.

from Hello, Boys! by Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1919)

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