Classic and Contemporary Poetry
CAVALIER SONG: 1642, by EDWARD BLISS REED
First Line: If this be my last hour with thee
Last Line: Without thee, I lose all.
Subject(s): Cavaliers; Courage; Death; Soldiers; Valor; Bravery; Dead, The
If this be my last hour with thee,
For none may Fate control,
Take as thine own a heart that's free,
And the worship of my soul.
For where the trumpet-blasts ring out,
And men rush in to die,
Amid the thickest of the rout,
My sword must flash on high.
I'll serve thee as my king and lord,
Thine till my latest breath,
A soldier's word, a soldier's sword,
Are thine, my dear, till death.
Fate has no power to decide
Whether I live or fall,
For with thee Death I shall deride,
Without thee, I lose all.
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