IN her Ancestral Tree's old smiling shade,
Spenser and Milton sang, and Shakespeare played.
I cannot prophesy immortal fame,
And endless honour for my Lady's name
Thro' my poor Verse; but it shall surely give
All that it has, and long as it may live.
She heard my Children singing in the street,
And smiled down on them starry-clear and sweet,
But half-way up in Heaven, and far from me,
As Shakspeare's Juliet in her balcony;
A golden Creature, all too rare to stay,
With waving white hand she would pass away!
Now I have seen her; heard her voice To-day,
And touched her hand; enriched my life for aye:
The thought in sunbeams radiantlyly upsprings,
To smile out in the saddest face of things.
After the gloom is gone, the worst is passed,
I know you, my good Fairy, found at last.
Tho' poor, and grim to tears, our lot might be,
We had proud visions in our poverty!
My Princess too, with darkly-sparkling e'en,
As I lay dreaming, over me would lean;
And now the silken clue of hidden power,
Hath led me to her beauty in its bower.
Lady! Giorgione should have painted you
With live warm flesh-tints golden thro' and thro';
The sun-soul making luminous its prison
With splendours rarer than have ever risen;
Bird-peeps of brightness—dawn-dew—smiling
Full of all freshness as a spring-wood choir;
A glow and glory of impetuous blood;
Brave spirits that crowd all sail to take the flood
Of large, abounding life, that in the sun
Heaves flashing, with a frolic fringe of fun;
A happy wit! creative genius, proved
In Pictures that Angelico would have loved:
A stately soul: yet with a laugh that brings
Echoes from Girlhood's heaven as it rings!
And that fine spirit of motion's airy charm,
Which hovers glancing round the flower of form:
A lofty lady of a proud old race,
Recklessly splendid in her gifts and grace.
Yet, as the life of some tall, towery tree
Climbs till atop it laughs exultingly
With all its leaves, using its pride of place
To look both earth and heaven full in the face!
Thus—up thro' bole and branch of wealth and
Breaks out her noble natural Womanhood.
No fear of England's great old Houses when
Such glorious women give us noble men,
And sway the heart o' the people sovereignly
As the Moon sways the heavings of the sea,
To touch its darkness with her lovelier light,
And mould to loftier shape its climbing might.
Their foes may rave, but, far off is their fall,
Whose glory is the heritage of all!
Who grew some grain we long shall save for seed;
Who man the gap for England in her need.
All who love England think with holy pride
Of all who for her like De Norman died.
My Lady Marian, you are good, and true;
Most bountiful, and gracious as the dew;
And glad Hearts—wing'd with Blessings—follow
Far as the Earth is green, or Heaven is blue;
But, dear my lady, there is work to do
In England yet, and royal work for you.
Why leave your own free air, and English Home,
For Paris—that Slave-Dancer—or
With all their lustres, dazzlingly displayed,
They cannot match the sweetness of our shade;
Our leafier pathways cool with gladder green;
Our Hearts, whose heavings lift you up—our
Much Mother's Milk wants sweetening with the Balms
That you can bring; much need of more than Alms!
In eyes wide open souls lie fast asleep;
With daylight on the face hearts darkly weep;
Our world has many a ward where wounds and wails
Cry for a thousand Florence Nightingales.
I know that Knowledge thro' our Shire doth trail
With slow illumination of a snail!
But still we dream of some bright better day,
And while we sleep the great Dawn comes our way.
Think How long God's love brooded over Earth
Before she quickened for her noblest Birth!
O, they shall bless you down in pit and den,—
Transforming slowly into Women and Men;
And smile, as leaves out-smile in first spring-hours,
With livelier green, while fall the singing showers;
Or as the winter mosses round your trees
Look up and smile at their good influences.
Your pardon, Lady, if my unskilled word,
Like a bad player, should mistake the chord!
No churlish charge, no plea of parasite,
Is mine; but leal heart-service of a knight
Who in old days had fought for you and bled;
Going to death as 'twere a bridal bed.
Our lost "Maid Marian" bore your name, and she
Yet works a very tender ministry;
And, somehow, when of her we sit and think,
Our hearts touch you by an invisible link.
Sacred to her, my sadder verses take;
And kindly think of them for Marian's sake.
Room for my Sea-Kings too, your heart will make,
From young Sir William Peel, to old King Hake.
You have the spirit born of the salt spray
That snuffs the sea-breeze meadowy miles away;
The Norse blood running seaward round the world,
That leaves the Saxon island closely curled.
You love our Heroes! and you might have been
In battle-need our Boadicea Queen;
And stood up to the full majestic height
In your war-chariot beckoning on the fight:
A famous victory you would have wrought,
Or with your heroes fallen as you fought.
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COME hither my brave Soldier boy, and sit you by my
To hear a tale, a fearful tale, a glorious tale of pride;
How Havelock with his handful, all so faithful, and
Held on in that far Indian land, to bear our England
Her pass of bloodiest peril, and her reddest sea of
And strode like Paladins of old on their avenging path.
Tho' clothes were drencht, and flesh was parcht, and
bones were chilled with
The gallant hearts never gave up; they never loosed
But fought right on, and triumphed! O but eyes
rained as we read
How proudly every place was filled, with living and
The dark death-circle narrowed round our little
The stillness of a brooding storm lay on the east-
The false Sepoy stoopt lower for his spring, and, in
A bloody light was burning on them, as he glided by:
Old Horrors rose, and leered at them, from out the
The peering peaks of War's old world, whose brows
were stained with crime!
The conscious Silence was but dumb, a cursed plot to
The darkness only a mask of Death, ready to slip aside.
Under the leafy palms they lay, and through their
gay green crown,
Our English saw no Storm roll up: no Fate swift
At last it came. The Rebel drum was heard at dead
They dasht in dust the only torch that showed the
face of Right!
Again the Devil clutches at his lost throne of the
And sends a people, smit with plague of madness,
As in a Demon's dream they swarm from horrible
Red Murder stabs the air, and lights their way with
Snuffing the smell of human blood, the cruel Moloch
Hearing the cry of "Kill! Kill! Kill!" and claps
his gory hands.
At dead of night, while England slept, the fearful
She lookt, and with a dawn of hell the East was all
Stern tidings came to Havelock, of legions in revolt:
"The traitors turn upon us, and the eaters of our
Subtle as death, and false as hell, and cruel as the
Have sworn to rend us by the root; be quick, if ye
The wild beasts bloody and obscene, mad-drunk with
gore and lust,
Have wreaked a horrible vengeance on our England
rolled in dust."
And such a withering wind doth blow, such fearful
sounds it brings,
The soul with shudders tries to shake off creeping
thoughts and things!
A vast invisible Terror twines its fingers in the hair,
With one hand feeling for the throat; a hand that
will not spare.
They slew the grizzled Warrior, who to them had
been so true;
The ruddy stripling with frank eyes of bonny
They slew the Maiden as she slept; the Mother great
The Babe, that smiled up in their face, they stabbed
it as it smiled.
The piteous, pleading, hoary hair, they draggled in
And mocked the dying as they dasht out, frantic
from the fire,
To fall upon their Tulwars, hacked to death; the bayonet
Held up some child; the devils danced around it
Warm flesh, that kindled so with life, was torn, and
To daintiest morsels for the feast where death began
Our English girls, whose sweet red blood went dancing
on its way,
A merry marriage-maker quick for its near wedding-
All life awaiting for the breath of Love's sweet south
And budding bridal roses ripe with secret balms
They stripped them naked as they were born; naked
along the street,
In their own blood they made them dip their delicate
With some last rag of shelter the poor helpless darling
To hide her from the cruel hell of those devouring
Then, plucking at the skirts of Death, she prayerfully
To hide her from the eyes that still gloat round her in
"NOW, Soldiers of our England, let your love arise in
For never yet was greater need than in this awful
Together stand like old true-hearts that never fear nor
With feet that have been shod for death, never to
yield an inch.
Our Empire is a Ship on fire, before a howling wind,
With such a smoke of torment, as 'twould make high
Wild Ruin waves his flag of flame, and ye must spring
And quench the fire in blood, and save our treasures
from the wreck.
Many a time has England thought she sent her
But never went more gallant men, of more heroic
Hungry and lean, thro' rain and mire, our war-wolves
On their long march, that shall not mete the red
grave of the foe:
Like winter trees stripped to their naked strength of
heart and arm,
That glory in their grimness as they tussle with the
Only a handful few and stern, and few and stern their
Fierce meaning in their eyes that meet and strike out
sparks like swords!
And there goes Havelock! leading the Forlorn Hope
of our land;
The quick heart spurring at their side; the banner of
Kindled, but calm, along their ranks his steady eye
As marksman seeks the death-line down the level of
Beneath the whitening snows of age his spirit ardours
As glow the fragrant fires of spring in flowers beneath
Look in his grave and martial face, with God's dear
A saviour soul doth sanctify the sword his hand hath
A little while his silent thoughts have gone within to
And send a farewell of the heart to the dear ones far
He prays to God to light him thro' the perilous
He grapples with the beasts of blood, and quells them
in their den.
And now his look is lifted in the light of some far
His lips the living trumpet of a grey-haired seer's soul.
On the housetops of Allahabad black, scowling brows
In hate, and deep, still curses, on our heroes as they
To fight their hundred-days-long fight; all true as
their good steel,
The Highlanders of Havelock, the Fusileers of Neil!
A falling firmament of rain the heavens were pouring
They heeded not the drowning heavens, nor yet the
Forward they strained with hearts a-fire, and gallantly
Till darkness fell upon them: then the Moon rose up
A little thing! and yet it seemed at such a time to
Just like a proud and mournful smile from the very
heart of Home.
That night they halted in a snipe-swamp; hungry,
cold, and drencht;
With hearts that kept the blitheness of brave men
that never blencht.
Thro' flooding nullah, slushy sand, onward they strode
Ere Dawn, a wingéd glory, alit upon the burnisht
And mists up-gathered sullenly along the rear of flight,
Slowly as beaten Bellooches might lounge from out
Then heaven grew like inverted hell; a blazing vault
The Sun pursuing pitiless, to bring the brain-strokes
With white heat blinding in their front, and burning
down all day,
Intently as the eyes of Death a-feeding on his prey.
All the day long, and every day, with patience con-
Our good and gallant fellows with one purpose for-
For there is that within each heart nothing but death
They hurry on, and hurry on, and hurry till they drop;
Trying to save the remnant; reach the leaguered
place in time
To grasp, with red-wet slaughtering hands, the
workers of this crime.
They think of all the dead that float adown the
Those noble Englishmen of ours; their gentle wives
Of Fire and Madness broken loose, and doing deeds
And then of vengeance dealt out by the choaked and
They think of those poor things that climb each little
As, from the deluge of the dark, when day is going
The sheep will huddle up the hill, and gather there
So gather they in this dread night, to wait the far-off
Or, crouching in the jungle, they look up in Nature's face,
To find she has no heart, for all her reptilinear grace!
Each leaf a sword, or prickly spear, or lifted jagged
No shields of shelter like our leaves; but threatening
With ominous gouts of blood; and there the roots go
Like curses coiled upon the spring, that rest not
They find sure tokens all the day! and starting from
At night, they hear the Pariah dogs that howl by
Knowing the waters bear their freight of corpses stiff
Scenting the footfalls on the air, as Death comes down
Only the Lotus with ripe lips, and arms caressing clings.
The silence swarms with ghastly thoughts; each
sound with ghastly things.
There, stands the plough i' the furrow; there the
villagers have flown!
There, Fire ran dancing over roofs that underfoot
There, Renaud hung his dangling dead, with but
short time for shrift,
He caught them on their way to hell, and gave them
there a lift.
They saw the first sight of their foe as the fourth
dawn grew red;
Twenty miles to breakfast marched; and had to fight
The morning smiled on arms up-piled, and weary
But soon the assembly sounded, and they sprung to
The heaviest hearts up-leaping light, as flames that
tread on air.
The Rebel line bore down as they had caught us
But Maude dasht forward with his guns, over the
And little did they relish our bright rain of rifle fire:
Quickly the onward way was ploughed, with heaps on
They broke the foe, then broke their fast, that daunt-
less little band.
Again they felt our withering fire, by Pandoo Nuddee
Again they feared the crashing charge, and fled the
Small loss was his in battle when the Conqueror
But many fell from weariness, and died without a
Soft, whispering flowery secrets, came a low wind of
That eve, like breath made balmy with the sweet love
in the breast;
Breathing its freshness thro' the groves of Mango and
But the sweetest thing that wind could bring was
slumber's holy balm,
To bless them for the morrow, and give strength for
them to cope
With those ten thousand men that stood betwixt
them and their hope.
It must have been a glorious sight to see them as they
With veteran valour steady; sure of proud accom-
When Havelock bade his line advance, and the High-
Each one at heart a thousand; a thousand men as one;
Linked in their beautiful proud line across the broken
Straight on! they never paused to lift the weapon
in their hands;
Silent, compact and resolute, charged as a thunder-
That burst, and wrapt the dead and living in one
One volley of Defiance! one wild cheer! and through
They flasht! and all the battle into flying fragments
When night came down they lay there, gashed all
over, side by side,
The grey old warrior, and the youth, his Mother's
Rolled with the rebel in the dust, and grim in bloody
And over all the mist arose, dank as the graveyard's
But light of heart we took the hill, and very proud
Was Havelock of his noble men, and Cawnpore was
The men had neither food nor tent, but the red road
And very proud were they to hear their General's
Not knowing how their triumph-cheer had rung a
Or what that wondrous wretch had done who has no
match in hell.
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CAWNPORE was ghastly silent, as into it they
There stood the blackened Ruin that the brave
old Soldier kept!
Where strained each ear for the English cheer, and
stretcht the wan wide eyes,
Thro' all that awful night to see the signal rocket rise;
No tramp, no cheer of Brothers near; no distant
Nothing but Death goes to and fro betwixt the glare
The living remnant try to hold their bit of blood
Dark gaps continual in their midst; the dead all
And saddest corpses still are those that die and do
With just a little glimmering light of life to show
Each drop of water cost a wound to fetch it from the
The father heard his crying child and went, but surely
They had drunk all their tears, and now dry agony
drank their blood;
The sand was killing in their souls; the wind a fiery
Oh, for one waft of heather-breath from off a Scottish
One shower that makes our English leaves smile
greener for its gold!
Then life drops in ward from the eyes; turns upward
with last prayer,
To look for its deliverance; the only way lies there!
And then triumphant Treachery made leap each
Like some poor Bird called from the nest, up-poising
for the dart.
"Come, let us pray," their Chaplain said. No other
boon was craved:
No pleading word for mercy sued; no face the white
But all grasped hands and prayed, till peace their
souls serenely filled;
Then like our noble Martyrs, there they stood up,
and were killed.
Only one saved!
He led our soldiers to the house of blood;
An eager, panting, cursing crew! but stricken there
In silence that was breathlessness of vengeance
A-many wept like women who were fiercest in the
There grew a look in human eyes as tho' a wild
Up in them at that scent of blood and glared de-
All the Babes and Women butchered! all the dear
The story of their martyrdom in lines of awful red!
The blood-black floor, the clotted gore, fair tresses,
Last message-scrawl upon the wall, and tiny finger-
Gathered in one were all strange sights of horror and
That make the vision blood-shot, freeze the life, or
lift the hair.
Faces to faces flasht hell-fire! O, but they felt
The very cup of God's own wrath, that terrible thirst
For many a day "Cawnpore" was hissed, and, at its
word of guilt,
The slaying sword went merciless right, ruddy to the hilt.
There came a time we caught them, with a vast and
And in their grand Secunder Bagh, we made a
Once more the Highlanders pressed on with nervous,
And Peel was there with his big guns, and Campbell
at their head:
A spring of daring madness! and they leapt upon
With hungry hearts on fury fed, for many and many a day.
For hours and hours, they slew, and slew, the devils
in their den:
"Ye wreaked your will on women weak, now try it
with strong men."
The blood that cried to heaven long in vapours from
Fell hot and fast upon their heads in a rich ruddy rain.
That day we made their delicate white marble glow
There rose a cry like hell from out a slaughter great
And as they claspt their hands and sued for mercy
where they fell,
One last sure thrust was given for that red and
And there was joy in every heart, and light in
To see the traitor hordes that fled, make a last stand
While from the big wide wounds, like snakes, the
runlets crawled along
And stole away; the reptiles who had done the cruel
A terrible reprisal for each precious drop they spilled.
Seventeen hundred coward killers there were bravely
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ENGLAND'S unseen, dead Sorrow doth a visible Angel
The sword of justice in her hand; Revenge looks
thro' her eyes:
Stern with the purpose in her soul right onward
Like one that bears the doom of worlds, with vengeful
Sombre, superb, and terrible, before them still she
And tho' they lessen day by day, they deal such echo-
That still dilating with success, still mightier grows
Till in the place of hundreds, ten thousand seem to
With arms that weary not at work, they bear our
To plant it high on hills of dead, a torn and bloody
And Lucknow lies before them now, with all its
Against the smiling sapphire, gleam her tops of
Each royal wall is fretted all with frostwork and
A glory of colours jewel-rich, that makes a splendour
As wave on wave the wonder breaks, the pointed
flames burn higher;
On dome of mosque and minaret, on pinnacle and
Fairy creations, seen mid-air, that in their pleasaunce
Like wingéd creatures sitting just outside their
The City in its beauty lies, with flowers about her feet;
Green fields, and goodly gardens, make so foul a
thing seem sweet.
The Trumpet rings out for the march with utterance
A sound that shivers to the heart of Havelock's little
And makes their spirits thrill as leaves are thrilled in
some wild wind;
Hunger and heartache, weariness and wounds, all left
Their sufferings all forgotten now, as in the ranks
And every man in stature rose to wrestle with that
All silent! what was in their hearts could not be said
With faces set for Lucknow, ground to sharpness,
keen as swords!
A tightning twitch all over! a grim glistening in
"Forward!" and on their way they strode to dare,
and do, and die.
Hope whispers at the ear of some, that they shall
And clasp their long-lost darlings, after all the toil
A-many know that they will sleep to-night among
And many a cheek will bloom no more for all the
And some have only vengeance; but to-day 'tis
And there goes Havelock! his aim too lofty for defeat;
With steady tramp the column treads, true as the
Upon its headlong murderous march for that long
All ready to win a soldier's grave, or do the daring
But not a man that fears to die for England in her
The masked artillery raked the road, and plough'd
them front and flank;
Some gallant fellow every step was stricken from the rank;
But, as he staggered, in his place another sternly
And, firing fast as they could load, their onward
way they kept.
Now, give them the good bayonet! with England's
Strong arm, cold steel will do it, in the wildest,
And now their bayonets abreast go sparkling up the
And with a thrilling cheer they take the guns, and
clear the bridge.
One good home-thrust! and surely, as the dead in
doom are sure,
They send them where the British cheer can trouble
them no more.
The fire is biting bitterly; onward the battle rolls;
And Death is glaring at them, from then thousand
Death stretches up from earth to heaven, spreading
his darkness round;
Death piles the heaps of helplessness face downward
to the ground;
Death flames from deadly ambuscades, where all was
still and dark;
Death swiftly speeds on whizzing wings the bullets to
Death from the doors and windows, all around and
Darts, with his cloven fiery tongues, incessant, quick,
Death everywhere, Death in all sounds, and, thro'
the smoky seeth,
Victory beckons at the end of long dark lanes of
Another charge, another cheer, another battery won!
And in a whirlwind of fierce fire the fight goes roar-
Into the very heart of hell, with comrades falling
Thro' all that tempest terrible, the glorious remnant
No time to help a dear old friend: but where the
They knew it was all over, and they lookt a last
And dying eyes, slow setting in a cold and stony stare,
Turned upward, see a map of murder scribbled on
With crossing flames; and others read their fiery
In dark, swart faces waiting for them, almost white
O, proudly men will march to death, when Havelock
leads them on:
Thro' all the storm he sat his horse as he were cut in
But now his look grows dark; his eye lightens with
"On, for the Residency, we must make a last brave
And on dasht Highlander and Sikh thro' a sea of fire
On, with the lion of their strength, our first in glory,
It seemed the face of heaven grew black, so close it
held its breath,
Through all the glorious agony of that long march
The round shot tears, the bullets rain; O God, out-
spread thy shield!
Put forth thy red right arm, for them! thy sword of
One wave breaks forward on the shore, and one falls
Again they club their wasted strength, to fight like
And still as fainter grows the fire of that intrepid
Again they grasp the bayonet as 'twere Salvation's
They leap the broad, deep trenches, rush thro' arch-
ways streaming fire;
Every step some brave heart bursts, heaving deliver-
"I'm hit," cries one, "you'll take me on your back,
my comrade, I
Should like to see their bonny white faces once be-
fore I die;
My body may save you from the shot."
His comrade bore him on:
But, ere they reacht the Bailie Guard, the longing
soul was gone.
And now the Gateway was in sight; the last grim
One moment makes immortal! dead or living, end-
They heard the voice of fiery Niel, that like a trumpet
"Push on my men, 'tis getting dark: " he sat where
he was killed.
Another frantic surge of life, and plunging o'er the
Right into harbour bursting goes their whirling wave
And breaks in mighty thunders of reverberating
Then dances on in frolic foam of kisses, blessings,
Stabbed by mistake, one native cries with the last
breath he draws,
"Welcome, my friends, never you mind, it's all for
the good cause."
How they had leaned and listened, as the battle
How they had strained their eyes to see them coming
crown'd with fire!
Till in the flashing street they heard them breathing
And then the English faces came white from the
clouds of death;
And iron grasp met tender clasp; wan weeping
Their dear Deliverers, down whose long rough beards
the big tears rolled.
Another such a meeting will not be on this side
The little wine they have hoarded, to the last drop
shall be given
To those who, in their mortal need, fought on thro'
Bled for them, reacht them, saved them, less like
men than glorious gods.
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Death of Havelock.
The Warrior may be ripe for rest, and laurelled with
But till their work be done, no rest for those whom
God yet needs:
Whether in rivers of ruin their onward way they tear,
Or healing waters trembling with the beauty that
Blasting or blessing they must on: on, on, for ever on!
Divine unrest is in their breast, until their work be
Nor is it all a pleasant path the sacred band must
With life a summer holiday, and death a downy bed!
They wear away with noble use, they drink the
And they must bear the bitter cross who go with
Christ to sup.
Each day his face grew thinner, and sweeter, saintlier
The smiling soul that every day was burning keenlier
And higher, each day higher, did the life-flame
Like sad sweet sunshine up the wall, that for the
Still watches; and the signal that shall call it hence
Even so his spirit kept the watch, till beckoned home
His work was done, his eyes with peace were soft
War-worn and wasted, in the arms of Victory he died.
"Havelock's dead," and darkness fell on every up-
The shadow of an Angel passing from its earthly place.
They laid it low, the old grey head, not only grey
It had been bowed in Sorrow's lap and silvered with
Our England may not crown it, with her heart too
full for speech;
The hand that draws into the dark, hath borne it
The eyes of far-away heaven-blue, with such keen
As they could pierce the dark of death, and, star-like,
They may not swim with sweetness as the happy
To welcome home the Reaper, when the weary day
How would the tremulous radiance round the old
man's mouth have smiled;
Our good grey-headed hero, with the heart of a little
In grandest strength he fell, full-length; and now our
To those who stood up in their day and spoke with
There on the battlements of Heaven, they watch us,
To see the blessing flow for those who follow in their
He smileth from his heaven now; the Martyr with
The weary warrior's tired life is crown'd with starry
On many sailing thro' the storm another star shall
And they shall look up thro' the night and conquer
at the sign.
In the red pass of peril, with a fame shall never dim,
Died Havelock, the Good Soldier; who would not die
Honour to Henry Havelock! tho' not of kingly blood,
He wore the double royalty of being great and good.
He rose and reacht the topmost height; our Hero
So from the lowly grass hath grown the proud em-
He rose up in our cruel need, and towering on he trod;
Bearing his brow to battle bold, as humbly to his God.
He did his work nor thought of nations ringing with
He walkt with God, and talkt with God, nor cared
if following Fame
Should find him toiling in the field, or sleeping under-
Nor did he mind what resting-place, with heaven em-
When swarming hell had broken bounds, he showed
us how to stand
With rootage like the Palm amidst the maddest whirl
Undaunted while the swarthy storm around him
swirled and swirled,
A winding sheet of all white life! a wild Sahara world!
The drowning waves closed over him, lost to all
But, like an arrow straight from God, he cleft their
twelve hosts through.
No swerving as he walkt along the rearing earth-
He made a way for Victory, his body was her bridge.
Grand in the mouths of men his fame along the cen-
Women shall read of his great deed and bear heroic
He leant a trusting hand on heaven, a gentle heart
In secret he grew ready, ere the Judgment hour was
In darkest days of duty he had seen God's goodness
And now, in all his beauty sees the King upon his
Some Angel-Mute had led him thro' his trial's thorny
Till, on a sudden, lo, he stood, full in the glory's blaze.
Aloud, for all the world to hear, God called his ser-
And led him forth, where all might see, upon the
heights of fame.
His arch of life, suspended as it sprang, in heaven
Our bow of promise o'er the storm, seen thro' rejoicing
Joy to old England! she has stuff for storm-sail and
While she can breed such heroes, in her quiet, homely
Such martial souls that go with grim, war-figured
brows pulled down,
As men that are resolved to bear Death's heavy, iron
So long as she has sons like these, no foe shall make
While Ocean washes her white feet; Heaven kisses
her fair brow.
Her beauty high and starlike in its splendour, hath
Her bravery high and warlike is not vanisht, is not
War blows away the ashes gray, and kindles at the core,
Live sparkles of such sacred fire as glowed on Marston
Thank God for all our heroes, who so wondrously
Thank God for men like Havelock, and mighty Nichol-
Hodgeson, of Hodgeson's Horse, who slew the
guiltiest; noble Niel;
And he o' the good Ship Shannon, our beloved Captain
If India's fate had rested on each single saviour soul,
They would have kept their grasp of it till we regained
One fighter never would give in, thro' all his fearless
One fortress they could never win; 'twas the true
The Lightnings of that bursting Cloud, which were
to blast our might,
But served to shew its majesty clear in the sterner
Our England towers up beautiful with her dilating form,
To greater stature in the strife, and glory in the
Her wrath's great wine-press trodden on so many
With crush and strain, and press of pain, a ripened
To warm us in our winter, when the times are coward
And work divinely in young veins; bring boyhood to
Behold her flame from field to field on Victory's
Till to its den, bleeding to death, Rebellion backward
Her Martyrs are aveng'd! ye may search that Indian
And scarcely find a single soul of all the bloody band.
We've many a nameless hero lying in his unknown
Their life's gold fragment gleaming but a sunfleck on
But rest you unknown, noble dead! our living are
Of England's power; but, with her dead she grasps
into the land.
In many a country they sleep crown'd, her conquer-
ing, faithful dead;
They pave her path where shines her sun of empire
And where their blood has turned to bloom, our
England's Rose is red:
They circle in a glorious ring, with which the world
For us the flower of our race makes quick the sand
And there, as here, amid our dead, we build our
Church to God.
Your Brother Willie, boy, was one of Havelock's little
My Son! my beautiful brave Son, lies in that Indian
They buried him by the way-side where he bowed him
down to die,
While Homeward in its eastern pomp the Triumph
passed him by.
And even yet mine eyes are wet, but 'tis with that
A great grand feeling in its front doth like a jewel
I see him! on his forehead shines the conqueror's
And God's own cross of Victory is on his martial
I should have liked to have felt him near, when these
old eyes are dim,
But gave him to our England; she had greater need