Cavalier Tunes: Marching Along

Original Text: 
Robert Browning, Dramatic Lyrics (1842).
1  Kentish Sir Byng stood for his King,
2Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing:
3And, pressing a troop unable to stoop
4And see the rogues flourish and honest folk droop,
5Marched them along, fifty score strong,
6Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song.
7  God for King Charles! Pym and such carles
8To the Devil that prompts 'em their treasonous parles!
9Cavaliers, up! Lips from the cup,
10Hands from the pasty, nor bite take nor sup
11Till you're--
12        Marching along, fifty-score strong,
13        Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song.
14  Hampden to hell, and his obsequies' knell.
15Serve Hazelrig, Fiennes, and young Harry as well!
16England, good cheer! Rupert is near!
17Kentish and loyalists, keep we not here
18        Marching along, fifty-score strong,
19        Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song?
20  Then, God for King Charles! Pym and his snarls
21To the Devil that pricks on such pestilent carles!
22Hold by the right, you double your might;
23So, onward to Nottingham, fresh for the fight,
24        March we along, fifty-score strong,
25        Great-hearted gentlemen, singing this song!
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
H. Kerpneck
RPO Edition: 
2RP 2.416.