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1915: Assyrian War Song

by Shamasha Ephraim of Serai D'Mamidai, Van, 1915

Posted: Monday, August 28, 2000 at 10:57 AM UT


Our Smallest Ally is now homeless, and dependent on our charity at Baqubah, for its lands and villages have been utterly destroyed, and it has the further mortification of seeing - from reasons beyond our control - that although it threw in its lot with the ultimately victorious side, Kurds, and others of the defeated enemy, are in practical possession of its ruined homesteads.

— H. H. Austin
Brigadier-General

Can Great Britian, now that she is responsible for order in the country, afford to neglect so valuable a military asset as this nation has proved itself to be?

— Dr. W. A. Wigram
Our Smallest Ally (PDF, 17 MB)

Brothers, up; arouse ye; shake off sloth and slumber! Take each man his rifle for the battle with the Turk. Now the day is dawning when we face our foemen. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Rouse ye chiefs and princes, Maliks God-appointed; Forward goes our army through the land we owned of yore. Hear the rifle rattle echo from our mountains. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Up, I say, ye captains; up, I say, ye Maliks! Kings we had in olden time right mighty men of war. Take we gun and powder; days of stress are on us. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Lady of the Holy House, Surma stands amongst us; Giver of high counsel to her brothers from a child. "Now the very babe must bear the bow and arrows." Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Young men of the Nation, Clans renowned in story, Stand by one another now in brotherhood and zeal. Shall beloved Kochanes be a prey to foemen? Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Young men of the Nation, bide a band of brothers, Tiari fast by Jilu and Tkhoma fast by Baz. Listen to the roll of battle drums ye warriors. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

David is our leader, valiant in the combat; He shall be our captain and set us in array! He shall go before like sun and moon to guide us. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Forth we go to battle, raging o'er the mountains; Hearts all yearning forward to Mosul's fertile plains. Nineveh's fair city summons back her children. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

On the Tigris' banks lies Nineveh the holy; Her old walls shall be to us a diadem and crown. There alone, Assyrians, can our race be stablished. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Hark, our Nation calls--our great Assyrian Mother; Hark, young men, she calls you--calls each one of you by name. Blest that youth for ever who will hear her calling. Forth we go to battle in thy name, O Mar Shimun.

Source: Our Smallest Ally, Rev. W. A. Wigram, D. D.



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