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The Last Of The Light Brigade - Poem by Rudyard Kipling

There were thirty million English who talked of England's might,
There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night.
They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade;
They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade.

They felt that life was fleeting; they knew not that art was long,
That though they were dying of famine, they lived in deathless song.
They asked for a little money to keep the wolf from the door;
And the thirty million English sent twenty pounds and four!

They laid their heads together that were scarred and lined and grey;
Keen were the Russian sabres, but want was keener than they;
And an old Troop-Sergeant muttered, "Let us go to the man who writes
The things on Balaclava the kiddies at school recites."

They went without bands or colours, a regiment ten-file strong,
To look for the Master-singer who had crowned them all in his song;
And, waiting his servant's order, by the garden gate they stayed,
A desolate little cluster, the last of the Light Brigade.

They strove to stand to attention, to straighten the toil-bowed back;
They drilled on an empty stomach, the loose-knit files fell slack;
With stooping of weary shoulders, in garments tattered and frayed,
They shambled into his presence, the last of the Light Brigade.

The old Troop-Sergeant was spokesman, and "Beggin' your pardon," he said,
"You wrote o' the Light Brigade, sir. Here's all that isn't dead.
An' it's all come true what you wrote, sir, regardin' the mouth of hell;
For we're all of us nigh to the workhouse, an, we thought we'd call an' tell.

"No, thank you, we don't want food, sir; but couldn't you take an' write
A sort of 'to be continued' and 'see next page' o' the fight?
We think that someone has blundered, an' couldn't you tell 'em how?
You wrote we were heroes once, sir. Please, write we are starving now."

The poor little army departed, limping and lean and forlorn.
And the heart of the Master-singer grew hot with "the scorn of scorn."
And he wrote for them wonderful verses that swept the land like flame,
Till the fatted souls of the English were scourged with the thing called Shame.

O thirty million English that babble of England's might,
Behold there are twenty heroes who lack their food to-night;
Our children's children are lisping to "honour the charge they made-"
And we leave to the streets and the workhouse the charge of the Light Brigade!

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Poems About Light

  1. 51. The Last Of The Light Brigade , Rudyard Kipling
  2. 52. Under The Light, Yet Under , Emily Dickinson
  3. 53. Life Is The Body's Light , Robert Herrick
  4. 54. Mellow Light , Sandra Fowler
  5. 55. Let There Be Light , Alison Cassidy
  6. 56. God's Light-Houses , Helen Hunt Jackson
  7. 57. Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair , Stephen C. Foster
  8. 58. Light As The Linnet On My Way I Start , Robert Louis Stevenson
  9. 59. ! Love's Light: The Philosopher At The W.. , Michael Shepherd
  10. 60. The Light Of Love , John Hay
  11. 61. Light Is Sufficient To Itself , Emily Dickinson
  12. 62. Book Iii - Part 05 - Cerberus And Furies.. , Lucretius
  13. 63. The Light That Failed , Rudyard Kipling
  14. 64. It's Like The Light, -- , Emily Dickinson
  15. 65. A House Of Light , Pete Crowther
  16. 66. “light” , Ray Lucero
  17. 67. The Light By Its Creation , Joanne Monte
  18. 68. Your Look Of Light , Mirabai
  19. 69. The Fingers Of The Light , Emily Dickinson
  20. 70. I Think Light Breaks , Sandra Fowler
  21. 71. The Poets Light But Lamps , Emily Dickinson
  22. 72. As Real Knights Of Light , Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie
  23. 73. Seeing The Light , Frederick Kambemba Yamusangie
  24. 74. Light And Darkness , Esther Leclerc
  25. 75. Liquid Light , Douglas Dunn
  26. 76. The Key Of Light , IT'S ME K.S.Z
  27. 77. City Of Light , Scarlett Treat
  28. 78. Inspiration Light , William Lindenmuth
  29. 79. (004) William The Ghost Meets The Ea.. , Leeanndra O'Lear
  30. 80. Poem (As Your Light Side Trees Shy...) , Bill Knott
  31. 81. An Absence Of Light , Bob Gotti
  32. 82. The Darkness In Light; The Light In Dark.. , Jeffrey Martinez
  33. 83. First Light , Stephen Leake
  34. 84. The Light Of The Lapis Lazuli , Kae Morii
  35. 85. Light Of The Landscape , (c) Colorofsky
  36. 86. Twilight Of Light , (c) Colorofsky
  37. 87. Light , ~ cari$ma ~ Dewan
  38. 88. Evils Of The Light , Barbara Langford
  39. 89. Light O My Light - Original By Rabindran.. , Asif Andalib
  40. 90. Light Sorrow, Light Worry , Luo Zhihai
  41. 91. Back To Salt And Light , Bob Gotti
  42. 92. Can Not Light Shine Without Sun - Can I .. , Velmar Pewee Hale Johnson
  43. 93. The Light Of Christ In The Present Darkn.. , Bob Gotti
  44. 94. Light Is Light , Nyein Way
  45. 95. Light To Light , Col Muhamad Khalid Khan
  46. 96. The Shining Light , William Cowper
  47. 97. The Light And Glory Of The Word , William Cowper
  48. 98. We Wish You Light Snows, And Twinkling L.. , Karl Vollmer
  49. 99. Morning Light Is The Most Light Of All , Shalom Freedman
  50. 100. For Every Light One See Is The Light Of .. , Raymond Sawyer
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