In The Pass Of Killicranky

SIX thousand veterans practised in war's game,
Tried men, at Killicranky were arrayed
Against an equal host that wore the plaid,
Shepherds and herdsmen.--Like a whirlwind came
The Highlanders, the slaughter spread like flame;
And Garry, thundering down his mountain-road,
Was stopped, and could not breathe beneath the load
Of the dead bodies.--'Twas a day of shame
For them whom precept and the pedantry
Of cold mechanic battle do enslave.
O for a single hour of that Dundee,
Who on that day the word of onset gave!
Like conquest would the Men of England see;
And her Foes find a like inglorious grave.

by William Wordsworth

Comments (4)

One of the great war poems. Honored many who did not come home. A outstanding poem.
Like conquest would the Men of England see; And her Foes find a like inglorious grave. nicely penned poem.
This is a very lovely poem thanks to who shared it
........very nicely penned...a world filled with peace is beautiful ★