Cavalier Tunes: Marching Along

Robert Browning 1812 (Camberwell) – 1889 (Venice)

Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King,
   Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing:
   And, pressing a troop unable to stoop
   And see the rogues flourish and honest folk droop,
   Marched them along, fifty score strong,
   Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song.
    God for King Charles! Pym and such carles
   To the Devil that prompts 'em their treasonous parles!
   Cavaliers, up! Lips from the cup,
  Hands from the pasty, nor bite take nor sup
  Till you're--
       Marching along, fifty-score strong,
       Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song.

   Hampden to hell, and his obsequies' knell.
  Serve Hazelrig, Fiennes, and young Harry as well!
  England, good cheer! Rupert is near!
  Kentish and loyalists, keep we not here
       Marching along, fifty-score strong,
       Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song?

   Then, God for King Charles! Pym and his snarls
  To the Devil that pricks on such pestilent carles!
  Hold by the right, you double your might;
  So, onward to Nottingham, fresh for the fight,
       March we along, fifty-score strong,
       Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song!

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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Scheme aabbcCddeexFCC ggxxFCC ddhhFcC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,149
Words 168
Stanzas 3
Stanza Lengths 14, 7, 7

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