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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

George Walter Thornbury (1828–1876)

The Three Scars

THIS I got on the day that Goring

Fought through York, like a wild beast roaring.

The roofs were black, and the streets were full,

The doors built up with the packs of wool:

But our pikes made way through a storm of shot

Barrel to barrel till locks grew hot;

Frere fell dead, and Lucas was gone,

But the drum still beat and the flag went on.

This I caught from a swinging sabre,—

All I had from a long night’s labor.

When Chester flamed, and the streets were red,

In splashing shower fell the molten lead;

The fire sprang up, and the old roof split,

The fire-ball burst in the middle of it:

With a clash and a clang the troopers they ran,

For the siege was over ere well began.

This I got from a pistol butt

(Lucky my head’s not a hazel-nut).

The horse they raced and scudded and swore;

There were Leicestershire gentlemen, seventy score:

Up came the “Lobsters,” covered with steel—

Down we went with a stagger and reel;

Smash at the flag, I tore it to rag,

And carried it off in my foraging bag.