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   English Poetry II: From Collins to Fitzgerald.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
445. Here’s a Health to King Charles
 
Sir Walter Scott (1771–1832)
 
 
BRING the bowl which you boast,
  Fill it up to the brim;
’Tis to him we love most,
  And to all who love him.
Brave gallants, stand up,        5
  And avaunt ye, base carles!
Were there death in the cup,
  Here’s a health to King Charles.
 
Though he wanders through dangers,
  Unaided, unknown,        10
Dependent on strangers,
  Estranged from his own;
Though ’tis under our breath,
  Amidst forfeits and perils,
Here’s to honor and faith,        15
  And a health to King Charles!
 
Let such honors abound
  As the time can afford,
The knee on the ground,
  And the hand on the sword;        20
But the time shall come round
  When, ’mid Lords, Dukes, and Earls,
The loud trumpet shall sound,
  Here’s a health to King Charles!
 

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