Several newspapers publish, without comment, a list of those Federal members who did not stand again at the recent elections. The list includes the names of such well-known public men as Mr J. G. Latham, Mr Frank Anstey, and Senator Sir H. Lawson. Mr J. E. Fenton, defeated for Maribyrnong, also announces his retirement from politics.
Alert and eager for the fray, The younger captains don their mail, Their eyes upon that forward day When hope would hear the welcome hail That cheers men on to victory; Yet, would I make of this refrain A paean valedictory For those who do not stand again. Well may they cast a backward glance A shade regretful as they shift To where stern Time or Circumstance Must, soon or late, bid all men drift. And, fought they ne'er so hardily, Too well they know, yet ne'er complain, Thanks rarely come, or tardily, To those who do not stand again. They bear the scars of many a fray, They know the tale of many a plot, Deep secrets of an ancient day And olden battles half-forgot. The Game -- the Game was all to them; And they shall watch men strive and strain, And still the Game will call to them -- These men who do not stand again. What matter on which side they fought? The heat, the hate are over now. So they played straight in deed and thought The bays no less befit each brow. So, let us lift a glass to them In token, as the toast we drain, That men's good will should pass to them The men who do not stand again.
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