Cavalier Tunes: Boot and Saddle

Original Text: 
Robert Browning, Dramatic Lyrics (1842).
1  Boot, saddle, to horse and away!
2Rescue my Castle, before the hot day
3Brightens to blue from its silvery gray,
4    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!
5  Ride past the suburbs, asleep as you'd say;
6Many's the friend there, will listen and pray
7"God's luck to gallants that strike up the lay--
8    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"
9  Forty miles off, like a roebuck at bay,
10Flouts Castle Brancepeth the Roundheads' array:
11Who laughs, "Good fellows ere this, by my fay,
12    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"
13  Who? My wife Gertrude; that, honest and gay,
14Laughs when you talk of surrendering, "Nay!
15I've better counsellors; what counsel they?
16    Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. E. L. Priestley
RPO Edition: 
2RP 2.418.