Cavalier Tunes: Boot and Saddle

Robert Browning 1812 (Camberwell) – 1889 (Venice)

Boot, saddle, to horse and away!
   Rescue my Castle, before the hot day
   Brightens to blue from its silvery gray,
     Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!
    Ride past the suburbs, asleep as you'd say;
   Many's the friend there, will listen and pray
   "God's luck to gallants that strike up the lay--
     Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"
    Forty miles off, like a roebuck at bay,
   Flouts Castle Brancepeth the Roundheads' array:
   Who laughs, "Good fellows ere this, by my fay,
     Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"

    Who? My wife Gertrude; that, honest and gay,
   Laughs when you talk of surrendering, "Nay!
   I've better counsellors; what counsel they?
     Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 28, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme AaaBAaaaBAaaaBA aaaBA
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 761
Words 122
Stanzas 2
Stanza Lengths 15, 5

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