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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV.  1876–79.
 
Wellesbourne Hastings
Wellesbourne and Charlcote Ford
Sir Henry Taylor (1800–1886)
 
(From Edwin the Fair)

BY Wellesbourne and Charlcote ford
At break of day I saw a sword.
Wessex warriors, rank by rank,
Rose on Avon’s hither bank;
Mercia’s men in fair array        5
Looked at them from Marraway;
Close and closer ranged they soon,
And the battle joined at noon.
 
By Wellesbourne and Charlcote Lea
I heard a sound as of the sea;        10
Thirty thousand rushing men,
Twenty thousand met by ten;
Rang the shield and brake the shaft,
Tosty yelled, Harcather laughed;
Thorough Avon’s waters red        15
Chased by ten the twenty fled.
 
By Charlcote ford and Wellesbourne
I saw the moon’s pale face forlorn,
River flowed and rushes sighed,
Wounded warriors groaned and died.        20
Ella took his early rest,
The raven stood on his white breast;
Hoarsely in the dead man’s ear
Raven whispered, “Friend, good cheer!
Ere the winter pinch the crow        25
He that slew thee shall lie low.”
 
 
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