The Charge of the Light Brigade

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July 27, 2014 by NS

Based on The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

 

I
Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Cats
   Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the beasts!” he said.
Into the valley of Cats
   Rode the six hundred.

 

II
“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
   Someone had blundered.
   Theirs not to make reply,
   Theirs not to reason why,
   Theirs but to do and die.
   Into the valley of Cats
   Rode the six hundred.

 

III
Cats to right of them,
Cats to left of them,
Cats in front of them
   Hissed, meowed and thundered;
Stormed at with claw and shrill,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Cats,
Into the mouth of hell
   Rode the six hundred.

 

IV
Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the felines there,
Charging a clowder, while
   All the world wondered.
Plunged in the writhing fur
Right through the line they spurred;
Bobtail and Donskoy
Reeled from the sabres a-blur
   Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
   Not the six hundred.

 

V
Cats to right of them,
Cats to left of them,
Cats behind them
   Hissed, meowed and thundered;
Stormed at with claw and shrill,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Cats,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
   Left of six hundred.

 

VI
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
   All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
   Noble six hundred!
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