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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
A Huguenot
By Mary Elizabeth Coleridge (1861–1907)
O, A GALLANT set were they,
As they charged on us that day,
A thousand riding like one!
Their trumpets crying,
And their white plumes flying,        5
And their sabres flashing in the sun.
O, a sorry lot were we,
As we stood beside the sea,
Each man for himself as he stood!
We were scatter’d and lonely—        10
A little force only
Of the good men fighting for the good.
But I never loved more
On sea or on shore
The ringing of my own true blade.        15
Like lightning it quiver’d,
And the hard helms shiver’d,
As I sang, ‘None maketh me afraid!’

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