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Short poem

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Cavalier Tunes: Boot and Saddle

              1  Boot, saddle, to horse and away!
              2Rescue my Castle, before the hot day
              3Brightens to blue from its silvery gray,
              4    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!

              5  Ride past the suburbs, asleep as you'd say;
              6Many's the friend there, will listen and pray
              7"God's luck to gallants that strike up the lay--
              8    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"

              9  Forty miles off, like a roebuck at bay,
            10Flouts Castle Brancepeth the Roundheads' array:
            11Who laughs, "Good fellows ere this, by my fay,
            12    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"

            13  Who? My wife Gertrude; that, honest and gay,
            14Laughs when you talk of surrendering, "Nay!
            15I've better counsellors; what counsel they?
            16    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Robert Browning, Dramatic Lyrics (1842).
First publication date: 1842
RPO poem editor: F. E. L. Priestley
RP edition: 2RP 2.418.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13

Rhyme: aaaa

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