A Song

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant 1864 (Bridgwater, Somerset) – 1902 (Pretoria)



The sun may shine, the rain may fall,
  And the world roll round about, -
The king's men and king's horses all
  Can never rub one thing out.

Skies may darken - clouds will flit -
  Troubles may gather and go:
For my sweetheart loves me "just a bit!
  And, oh! I love her so.

The vapour vanishes in the sun!
  So pass cures, doubts, and pains -
For I'm "loved a bit" by the dearest one,
  And the best the world contains.
 

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CDCD EFEF
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 430
Words 85
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant

Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (born Edwin Henry Murrant, 9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, bush poet and military officer, who was convicted and executed for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes—one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal. more…

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