Watchword of Labour
Oh! hear ye the Watchword of Labour!
The slogan of they who’d be free;
That no more to any enslaver,
must Labour bend suppliant knee.
That we on whose shoulders are borne,
the pomp and the pride of the great;
Whose toil they repay with their scorn,
must challenge and master our fate.
Then send it aloft on the breeze boys!
That watchword the grandest we’ve known
That Labour must rise from ist knees boys!
And claim the broad earth as its own.
Aye! we who oft won by our valour,
Empire for our Rulers and Lords;
Yet knelt in abasement and squalor,
tot he thing weh ad made by our swords.
Now valour with worth will be blending,
when answering Labour’s command;
We arise from our knees, and ascending,
to manhood for freedom take stand.
Then out from the field and the city,
from workshop, from mill and from mine;
Despising their wrath and their pity,
we workers are moving in line.
To answer the watchword and token,
that labour gives forth as its own;
Nor pause till our fetters we’ve broken,
and conquered the spoiler and drone.