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Ballade in time of the Great War*
in King of the Black Isles

John Urban Nicolson

1 pages
Covici-McGee Co - 1924 - États-Unis
Poème

Intérêt: *

 




L’Américain John Urban Nicolson (1885-1944) est l’auteur de plusieurs recueils de poèmes. Son livre King of the Black Isles inclut Ballade in time of the Great War, un poème à la gloire des mousquetaires. On peut noter que d’Artagnan, Athos et Porthos sont expressément cités, mais pas Aramis. Chaque strophe est rythmée par le vers final (Musketeers) Ride again in the land of France!

Merci à Mihai-Bogdan Ciuca de m’avoir signalé ce poème.

Texte intégral

Reign of ruin! Who rides by night
Over the roads and past the weirs?
Looms a troop in the lurid light,
Rings a cry on the startled ears,
Hoof-beats volley among the meers,
The winds rush down and the dead leaves dance—
Rapiers, rapiers! Musketeers
Ride again in the land of France!

Boots and saddles! And bold and bright
Youth goes galloping, Youth that jeers
Death and the Dust in pride of might—
War is ever the word it hears;
Peace is ever the pact it fears
When roll the drums of the foe's advance.
Athos, Porthos, the Musketeers
Ride again in the land of France!

Thrust and parry and press the fight!
What of the heroes famed of years?
Lo, they fly with the eagle's flight
When France has need of them—France in tears!
Lo, they laugh at the foreign spears
And sing with the song of guns! Perchance
D'Artagnan and the Musketeers
Ride again in the land of France!

L'ENVOI
Stirrup-cups for the cavaliers,
And the old oath over of old romance—
"One for all!"—and the Musketeers
Ride again in the land of France!



 

 

 

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