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First Line: Brave l-, so says a knight of the pen
Last Line: Have exposed themselves fully as much as their king.
Alternate Author Name(s): Ingoldsby, Thomas
Subject(s): Cowardice


BRAVE L-----, so says a knight of the pen,
'Has exposed himself much at the head of his men':
As his men ran away without waiting to fight,
To expose himself there's to be first in the flight.
Had it not been as well, when he saw his men quail,
To have stay'd and expos'd himself more at their tail?
Or say, is it fair, in this noblest of quarrels,
To suffer the chief to engross all the laurels?
No! his men, so the muse to all Europe shall sing,
Have exposed themselves fully as much as their king.





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