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The following is an extract from
Poetry and Ballads of Newfoundland
taken from the "Book of Newfoundland", Volume I
by J.R. Smallwood


by Dan Carroll
  Private R.T. Ricketts, V.C.
Who is he?
What's his degree Socially?

True soul of chivalry,
Moulded heroically;
Whose signal bravery
Brings to our country
Joy in his gallantry!
Bright shall his memory
Shine thro' the years to be;
Newfoundlander's pride; for he
Brings to her history
Glory, whose poetry
Thrills this Old Colony.
While we wait patiently the tale officially
Of thy brave deed,
We would respectfully tender our love to thee
With fullest meed.

Hail to thee,
Ricketts, V.C.!
Join with me, all of ye
Winds from the Arctic Sea;
Glad Bay, whose tides in joy
Sang his first lullaby;
Tempests that sturdily
Nurtured his infancy;
Northlights whose wizardry
Charmed his youth's fantasy;
Lodestar whose constancy
Brought him in safety
Over dark waters to home and security;
Cliffs that have sheltered
The breed who has fathered thee;
Mothers and sires of the hamlet
That cradled thee-
Extend a welcome that's worthy
Of him and ye.
Honour, no honour too great
For this son of ye!

When in the future years,
Ricketts, V.C.,
War tales are telling
In homes by the sea,
Many a youth shall
Thy valour admire.
Undimmed renown cling
To thy memory,
Bright be thy fame for aye,
Ricketts, V.C.
Proudly acclaim him -
Rejoice in your plenitude,
Honour the deeds of him,
Boast of his fame.
Honour yourselves in your bounty to-day, to him
Give of your best to his soldierly name.

Ask ye his pedigree?
Manhood majestically,
God's own nobility -
Of such is he!
Ring cheers from every side -
Shout, shout his name in pride<
Over this Island wide.
Ricketts, V.C.!

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