Nonfiction > E.C. Stedman & E.M. Hutchinson, eds. > A Library of American Literature > 1861–1889
Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
Sidney Godolphin
By Clinton Scollard (1860–1932)
THEY rode from the camp at morn
  With clash of sword and spur.
The birds were loud in the thorn,
  The sky was an azure blur.
A gallant show they made        5
  That warm noon-tide of the year,
Led on by a dashing blade,
  By the poet-cavalier.
They laughed through the leafy lanes,
  The long lanes of Dartmoor;        10
And they sang their soldier strains,
  Pledged “death” to the Roundhead boor;
Then they came at the middle day
  To a hamlet quaint and brown
Where the hated troopers lay,        15
  And they cheered for the King and crown.
They fought in the fervid heat,
  Fought fearlessly and well,
But low at the foeman’s feet
  Their valorous leader fell.        20
Full on his fair young face
  The blinding sun beat down;
In the morn of his manly grace
  He died for the King and crown.
O the pitiless blow,        25
  The vengeance-thrust of strife,
That blotted the golden glow
  From the sky of his glad, brave life!
The glorious promise gone;—
  Night with its grim black frown!        30
Never again the dawn,
  And all for the King and crown.
Hidden his sad fate now
  In the sealèd book of the years;
Few are the heads that bow,        35
  Or the eyes that brim with tears,
Reading ’twixt blots and stains
  From a musty tome that saith
How he rode through the Dartmoor lanes
  To his woful, dauntless death.        40
But I, in the summer’s prime,
  From that lovely leafy land
Look back to the olden time
  And the leal and loyal band.
I see them dash along,—        45
  I hear them charge and cheer,
And my heart goes out in a song
  To the poet-cavalier.

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