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Robert Browning (1812-1889)

Cavalier Tunes: Marching Along


              1  Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King,
              2Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing:
              3And, pressing a troop unable to stoop
              4And see the rogues flourish and honest folk droop,
              5Marched them along, fifty score strong,
              6Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song.

              7  God for King Charles! Pym and such carles
              8To the Devil that prompts 'em their treasonous parles!
              9Cavaliers, up! Lips from the cup,
            10Hands from the pasty, nor bite take nor sup
            11Till you're--
        (Chorus)
            12        Marching along, fifty-score strong,
            13        Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song.

            14  Hampden to hell, and his obsequies' knell.
            15Serve Hazelrig, Fiennes, and young Harry as well!
            16England, good cheer! Rupert is near!
            17Kentish and loyalists, keep we not here
        (Chorus)
            18        Marching along, fifty-score strong,
            19        Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song?

            20  Then, God for King Charles! Pym and his snarls
            21To the Devil that pricks on such pestilent carles!
            22Hold by the right, you double your might;
            23So, onward to Nottingham, fresh for the fight,
        (Chorus)
            24        March we along, fifty-score strong,
            25        Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song!


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: H. Kerpneck
RP edition: 2RP 2.416.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/17

Rhyme: aabbcc


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