(Skirmishing day by day,
With those oppose his way)
Where the French general lay
With all his power.

Which in his height of pride,
King Henry to deride,

His ransom to provide

To the king sending;

Which he neglects the while,
As from a nation vile,
Yet with an angry smile
Their fall portending,

And, turning to his men,
Quoth our brave Henry then :
Though they to one be ten,
Be not amazed!

Yet have we well begun ;
Battles so bravely won,
Have ever to the sun

By fame been raised.

And for myself (quoth he),—
This my full rest shall be,
England ne'er mourn for me,
Nor more esteem me ;-

Victor I will remain,

Or on this earth lie slain :
Never shall she sustain

Loss to redeem me.

Poitiers and Cressy tell,

When most their pride did swell,
Under our swords they fell;
No less our skill is

Than when our grandsire great,
Claiming the regal seat,
By many a warlike feat

Lopp'd the French lilies.

The Duke of York so dread
The eager vanward led,
With the main Henry sped,

Amongst his henchmen.

Exceter had the rear,

A braver man not there,—
O Lord! how hot they were,
On the false Frenchmen !

They now to fight are gone :
Armour on armour shone,
Drum now to drum did groan—
To hear was wonder;

That with the cries they make,
The very earth did shake;
Trumpet to trumpet spake-
Thunder to thunder.

Well it thine age became,
O noble Erpingham!
Which didst the signal aim
To our hid forces,-

When from a meadow by,
Like a storm suddenly,
The English archery

Stuck the French horses.
With Spanish yew so strong,
Arrows a cloth-yard long,
That like to serpents stung,
Piercing the weather,-
None from his fellow starts,
But, playing manly parts,
And like true English hearts
Stuck close together.

When down their bows they threw,

And forth their bilboes drew,

And on the French they flew,
Not one was tardy;

Arms from the shoulders sent,
Scalps to the teeth were rent,
Down the French peasants went,—
Our men were hardy.

This while our noble king,
His broadsword brandishing,

Into the host did fling,

As to o'erwhelm it,

And many a deep wound lent,
His arms with blood besprent,
And many a cruel dent

Bruizèd his helmet.

Gloster, that duke so good,
Next of the royal blood,
For famous England stood,

With his brave brother;
Clarence, in steel so bright,
Though but a maiden knight
Yet in that furious fight
Scarce such another.

Warwick in blood did wade;
Oxford the foe invade,
And cruel slaughter made
Still as they ran up ;

Suffolk his axe did ply;
Beaumont and Willoughby
Bare them right doughtily,
Ferrars and Fanhope.

Upon Saint Crispin's day
Fought was this noble fray,
Which fame did not delay
To England to carry.
O when shall Englishmen,
With such acts fill a pen,
Or England breed again
Such a King Harry?


Ye Mariners of England



YE Mariners of England!

That guard our native seas;

Whose flag has braved, a thousand years, The battle and the breeze!

Your glorious standard launch again
To meet another foe!

And sweep through the deep,
While the stormy tempests blow ;
While the battle rages loud and long,
And the stormy tempests blow.


The spirits of your fathers
Shall start from every wave !-

For the deck it was their field of fame,
And Ocean was their grave:
Where Blake and mighty Nelson fell,
Your manly hearts shall glow,
As ye sweep through the deep,
While the stormy tempests blow;
While the battle rages loud and long,
And the stormy tempests blow.


Britannia needs no bulwark,

No towers along the steep;

Her march is o'er the mountain-waves,

Her home is on the deep.

With thunders from her native oak

She quells the floods below,

As they roar on the shore,

When the stormy tempests blow;

When the battle rages loud and long,

And the stormy tempests blow.


The meteor flag of England
Shall yet terrific burn;

Till danger's troubled night depart,

And the star of peace return.

Then, then, ye ocean warriors!
Our song and feast shall flow
To the fame of your name,

When the storm has ceased to blow;
When the fiery fight is heard no more,
And the storm has ceased to blow.


The Girl describes her Fawn

WITH Sweetest milk and sugar first
I it at my own fingers nursed;
And as it grew, so every day

It wax'd more white and sweet than they.
It had so sweet a breath! and oft

I blush'd to see its foot more soft
And white, shall I say, than my hand?
Nay, any lady's of the land!

It is a wond'rous thing how fleet
'Twas on those little silver feet :
With what a pretty skipping grace
It oft would challenge me the race;
And when 't had left me far away
'Twould stay, and run again, and stay,
For it was nimbler much than hinds;
And trod as if on the four winds.

I have a garden of my own,
But so with roses overgrown,
And lilies, that you would it guess
To be a little wilderness,

And all the springtime of the year
It only loved to be there.

Among the beds of lilies I

Have sought it oft, where it should lie :

Yet could not, till itself would rise,

Find it, although before mine eyes.
For, in the flaxen lilies' shade
It like a bank of lilies laid.
Upon the roses it would feed,
Until its lips e'en seem'd to bleed ;
And then to me 'twould boldly trip,
And print those roses on my lip.
But all its chief delight was still
On roses thus itself to fill ;
And its pure virgin limbs to fold
In whitest sheets of lilies cold.
Had it lived long, it would have been
Lilies without, roses within.



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