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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
The Song of the Western Men
By Robert Stephen Hawker (1803–1875)
A GOOD sword and a trusty hand!
  A merry heart and true!
King James’s men shall understand
  What Cornish lads can do.
And have they fix’d the where and when?        5
  And shall Trelawny die?
Here ’s twenty thousand Cornish men
  Will know the reason why!
Out spake their Captain brave and bold,
  A merry wight was he:        10
‘If London Tower were Michael’s Hold,
  We’ll set Trelawny free!
‘We’ll cross the Tamar, land to land,
  The Severn is no stay;
With “One and All” and hand to hand.        15
  And who shall bid us nay?
‘And when we come to London Wall,
  A pleasant sight to view,
Come forth, come forth, ye cowards all!
  Here ’s men as good as you.        20
‘Trelawny he ’s in keep and hold,
  Trelawny he may die:
But here ’s twenty thousand Cornish bold
  Will know the reason why.’
    And shall Trelawny die?        25
    And shall Trelawny die?
    Here ’s twenty thousand Cornish men
    Will know the reason why!

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