Francis Hastings Charles Doyle

(1810-1888 / England)

Francis Hastings Charles Doyle Poems

1. The Loss Of The Birkenhead 10/11/2010
2. The Mameluke Charge 10/11/2010
3. The Private Of The Buffs 10/11/2010
4. The Return Of The Guards 10/11/2010

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The Private Of The Buffs

LAST night, among his fellow roughs,
He jested, quaff'd, and swore;
A drunken private of the Buffs,
Who never look'd before.
To-day, beneath the foeman's frown,
He stands in Elgin's place,
Ambassador from Britain's crown
And type of all her race.

Poor, reckless, rude, low-born, untaught,
Bewilder'd, and alone,
A heart with English instinct fraught
He yet can call his own.
Aye, tear his body limb from limb,
Bring cord, or axe, or flame:
He only knows, that not through him
Shall England come to shame.

Far Kentish hop-fields round him ...

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