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:
RPO poem editor: F. E. L. Priestley
RP edition: 2RP 2.418.
Recent editing: 2:2001/12/13
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