(6 August 1809 – 6 October 1892 / Lincoln / England)

Charge Of The Light Brigade

HALF a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns! ' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade! '
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!
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I believe our American soldier could rise to the challenge
This poem excellently displays the hideousness of war and the uselessness of savagery.
YOU'LL TAKE MY LIFE BUT I'LLTAKE YOURS TOO YOU'LL FIRE MUSKET BUT I'LL RUN YOU THROUGH SO WHEN YOU'RE WAITING FOR THE NEXT ATTACK YOU'D BETTER STAND THERE'S NO TURNING BACK
It was the same warrior mentality that the Spartans had at Thermopylae. Real Texans will always cherish the battle cry.....'Remember the Alamo'! You either have it or you don't.
Governments just love the ones who do not reason, do not ask questions! May be there would be less wars if someone will stand up and ask some question.
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