William Motherwell

(1797-1835 / Scotland)

The Cavalier's Song - Poem by William Motherwell

A steed! a steed of matchlesse speed,
A sword of metal keene!
All else to noble heartes is drosse,
All else on earth is meaue.
The neighyinge of the war-horse prowde,
The rowlinge of the drum,
The clangor of the trumpet lowde,
Be soundes from heaven that come;
And oh! the thundering presse of knightes,
Whenas their war-cryes swell,
May tole from heaven an angel bright,
And rouse a fiend from hell.

Then mounte! then mounte, brave gallants all,
And don your helmes amaine;
Deathe's couriers, fame and honor, call
Us to the field againe.
No shrewish feares shall fill our eye
When the sword-hilt's in our hand--
Heart-whole we'll part, and no whit sighe
For the fayrest of the land;
Let piping swaine, and craven wight,
Thus weepe and puling crye;
Our business is like men to fight,
And hero-like to die!


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  • (2/25/2018 4:15:00 PM)

    Three couplets of this are worked in stained glass panels now hanging in the butler's pantry of Greystone,1904 Arts & Crafts mansion in Youngstown, Ohio, owned by Mahoning Valley Historical Society. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010



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