3. Gow's Watch : Act Iv. Scene 4. The Head of the Bargi Pass, in snow. Gow and Ferdinand with their Captains.
GOW (to Ferdinand). The Queen's host would be delivered me to-day, but that these Mountain Men have sent battalia to hold the Pass. They're shod, helmed and torqued with soft gold. For the rest, naked. By no argument can I persuade 'em their gilt carcasses against my bombards avail not. What's to do, Fox?
5. Kaspar's Song In 'varda' Eyes aloft over dangerous places,
The children follow where Psyche flies,
And, in the sweat of their upturned faces,
6. From Lyden's 'irenius' - Act Iii. Sc. Ii. Gow. Had it been your Prince instead of a groom caught in this noose there's not an astrologer of the city,
Prince. Sacked! Sacked! We were a city yesterday.
Gow. So be it, but I was not governor. Not an astrologer, but would ha' sworn he'd foreseen it at the last versary of Venus, when Vulcan caught her with Mars in the house of stinking Capricorn. But since 'tis Jack of the Straw that hangs, the forgetful stars had it not on their tablets.
8. The Sack Of The Gods Strangers drawn from the ends of the earth, jewelled and plumed were we;
I was Lord of the Inca race, and she was Queen of the Sea.
Under the stars beyond our stars where the new-forged meteors glow,
10. The Friends I had some friends, but I dreamed that they were dead,
Who used to dance with lanterns round a little boy in bed;
Green and white lanterns that waved to and fro:
11. Two Races (brazilian Verses) I seek not what his soul desires.
He dreads not what my spirit fears.
Our Heavens have shown us separate fires.
12. The Scholars "Oh, show me how a rose can shut and be a bud again!"
Nay, watch my Lords of the Admiralty, for they have the work in train.
They have taken the men that were careless lads at Dartmouth in 'Fourteen
13. Preface To all to whom this little book may come,
Health for yourselves and those you hold most dear!
Content abroad, and happiness at home,
14. Song Of Seventy Horses Once again the Steamer at Calais, the tackles
Easing the car-trays on to the quay. Release her!
Sign-refill, and let me away with my horses
15. The Quest The knight came home from the quest,
Muddied and sore he came.
Battered of shield and crest,
16. King Henry Vii And The Shipwrights Harry, our King in England, from London town is gone,
And comen to Hamull on the Hoke in the Countie of Suthampton.
For there lay the Mary of the Tower, his ship of war so strong,
22. The Waster From the date that the doors of his prep-school close
On the lonely little son
He is taught by precept, insult, and blows
23. The Nurses When, with a pain he desires to explain to the multitude, Baby
Howls himself black in the face, toothlessly striving to curse;
And the six-months-old Mother begins to enquire of the Gods if it may be
31. The Parting Of The Columns We've rode and fought and ate and drunk as rations* come to hand,
Together for a year and more around this stinkin' land:
Now you are goin' home again, but we must see it through.
32. The Two Cousins Valour and Innocence
Have latterly gone hence
To certain death by certain shame attended.
33. Naaman's Song 'Go, wash thyself in Jordan, go, wash thee and be clean! '
Nay, not for any Prophet will I plunge a toe therein!
For the banks of curious Jordan are parcelled into sites,
34. A Song Of French Roads Now praise the Gods of Time and Chance
That bring a heart's desire,
And lay the joyous roads of France
35. Hymn Of Breaking Strain The careful text-books measure
(Let all who build beware!)
The load, the shock, the pressure
36. Song Of The Old Guard 'And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same . . . .
'And there shall be a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six ranches that proceed out of the candlestick . . . . Their knops and their branches shall be of the same.' - Exodus.
38. Private Ortheris's Song My girl she give me the go onest,
When I was a London lad;
An' I went on the drink for a fortnight,
39. Shiv And The Grasshopper Shiv, who poured the harvest and made the winds to blow,
Sitting at the doorways of a day of long ago,
Gave to each his portion, food and toil and fate,
40. Song Of The Engines We now, held in captivity,
Spring to our labours nor greive!
See now, how it is a blesseder,
41. Rahere Rahere, King Henry's jester, feared by all the Norman Lords
For his eye that pierced their bosoms, for his tongue that shamed their swords;
Feed and flattered by the Churchmen, well they knew how deep he stood
45. Ubique There is a word you often see, pronounce it as you may
"You bike," "you bykwee," "ubbikwe ", alludin' to R.A.
It serves 'Orse, Field, an' Garrison as motto for a crest,
46. Verses On Games Here is a horse to tame
Here is a gun to handle
God knows you can enter the game
47. Dedication From "barrack Room Ballads" Beyond the path of the outmost sun through utter darkness hurled,
Farther than ever comet flared or vagrant star-dust swirled,
Live such as fought and- sailed and ruled and loved and made our world.
48. A Song In The Desert Friend, thou beholdest the lightning? Who has the charge of it,
To decree which rock-ridge shall receive, shall be chosen for targe of it?
Which crown among palms shall go down, by the thunderbolt broken;
49. Our Lady Of The Snows A nation spoke to a Nation,
A Queen sent word to a Throne:
"Daughter am I in my mother's house,
50. Very Many People On the Downs, in the Weald, on the Marshes,
I heard the Old Gods say:
"Here come Very Many People: