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THE CHARGE OF THE HEAVY BRIGADE AT BALACLAVA: PROLOGUE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Our birches yellowing and from each
Last Line: Paled, and the glory grew.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tennyson, Lord Alfred; Tennyson, 1st Baron; Tennyson Of Aldworth And Farringford, Baron
Subject(s): Crimean War (1853-1856); Hamley, Sir Edward Bruce (1824-1893); Soldiers


OUR birches yellowing and from each
The light leaf falling fast,
While squirrels from our fiery beech
Were bearing off the mast,
You came, and look'd and loved the view
Long-known and loved by me,
Green Sussex fading into blue
With one gray glimpse of sea;
And, gazing from this height alone,
We spoke of what had been
Most marvellous in the wars your own
Crimean eyes had seen;
And now -- like old-world inns that take
Some warrior for a sign
That therewithin a guest may make
True cheer with honest wine --
Because you heard the lines I read
Nor utter'd word of blame,
I dare without your leave to head
These rhymings with your name,
Who know you but as one of those
I fain would meet again,
Yet know you, as your England knows
That you and all your men
Were soldiers to her heart's desire,
When, in the vanish'd year,
You saw the league-long rampart-fire
Flare from Tel-el-Kebir
Thro' darkness, and the foe was driven,
And Wolseley overthrew
Arabi, and the stars in heaven
Paled, and the glory grew.







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