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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
 
III. War
The Cavalier’s Song
William Motherwell (1797–1835)
 
A STEED! a steed of matchlesse speed,
  A sword of metal keene!
All else to noble heartes is drosse,
  All else on earth is meane.
The neighyinge of the war-horse prowde,        5
  The rowlinge of the drum,
The clangor of the trumpet lowde,
  Be soundes from heaven that come;
And oh! the thundering presse of knightes,
  Whenas their war-cryes swell,        10
May tole from heaven an angel bright,
  And rouse a fiend from hell.
 
Then mounte! then mounte, brave gallants all,
  And don your helmes amaine;
Deathe’s couriers, fame and honor, call        15
  Us to the field againe.
No shrewish feares shall fill our eye
  When the sword-hilt ’s in our hand—
Heart-whole we ’ll part, and no whit sighe
  For the fayrest of the land;        20
Let piping swaine, and craven wight,
  Thus weepe and puling crye;
Our business is like men to fight,
  And hero-like to die!
 
 
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