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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
1713. D’Artagnan’s Ride
 
By Gouverneur Morris
 
 
FIFTY leagues, fifty leagues—and I ride, and I ride—
Fifty leagues as the black crow flies.
None of the three are by my side…
The bay horse reels, and the bay horse dies—
But I ride, and I ride        5
To Callice.
 
We were four, we were four—and I ride, and I ride—
We were four, but Porthos lies
God knows where by the highway side…
The roan horse reels, and the roan horse dies—        10
But I ride, and I ride
To Callice.
 
We were three, we were three—and I ride, and I ride—
We were three, but Aramis lies
Bludgeoned and bound and thrown aside…        15
The dun horse reels, and the dun horse dies—
But I ride, and I ride
To Callice.
 
We were two, we were two—and I ride, and I ride—
We were two, but Athos lies        20
With a lead-crushed rib and a steel-torn side…
The black horse reels, and the black horse dies—
But I ride, and I ride
To Callice.
 
All alone, all alone—and I ride, and I ride—        25
All alone, and an ambush lies
God knows where by the highway side…
The gray horse reels, and the gray horse dies—
But I ride, and I ride
To Callice,        30
Yes—I ride and I ride and I ride and I ride
And I ride and I ride
To Callice.
 

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