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An Enthusiastic Sportsman Enthuses

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

So now the Brands
  Seek other lands;
Alack! long ere they reach 'em
  A fickle crowd
  Will cheer as loud
For godly Governor Beauchamp.

  'Twill be Hampden's lot
  To be soon forgot,
Now an Earl is his successor;
  But the new-chum Earl
  Will bring no girl
Like Dorothy Brand - God bless her!

  Then let it be known
  That all of us own
Since her dad to Australia brought her.
  That there has not been,
  Nor will there be seen
Another such Governor's daughter.

  Yes! we all concur
  (In respect to her
Ideas are not dividing)
  There's no 'seat,' nor 'hands'
  Like Dorothy Brand's
When she goes out a-riding!

  And each Australian,
  And every alien
Who rides as straight as he 'oughter,'
  Has been fain to yield
  In the hunting-field
To the prowess of Hampden's daughter.

  So, doff your 'cady'
  To this young lady!
Hooray-with your hat in your hand; -
  Australia's pride
  Was the girl who could ride
  Like the Honorable Dorothy Brand!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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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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