Posted by Sus on February 09, 2007
In Reply to: Fall of dasus posted by Susan gill on February 09, 2007
: : : The poem was written by Felicia Hemens who also wrote 'the boy stood on the burning deck'.
: : : I have the words if you want them, but I don't know which poetry book they would be in. I got the words from a 96 year old lady who remembered it from memory.
: : I would like the words.
Alone through the forests dusky glade
a soldier went by night
no moonbeam pierced the dusky glade
no star shed guiding light
yet on his lonely midnight round
the youth all cheerily passed
unchecked by aught of boding sound
that muttered in the blast
where were his thoughts that lonely hour?
in his far home perchance
his father's hall, his mother's bower
midst the gay vines of France
wondering of battles lost and won
to hear and bless again
the rolling of the wild garonne
and the murmer of the Seine
Hush, hark, did stealing steps go by
came not faint whispers near?
No, the wild wind hath many a sigh amidst the foliage seer
hark yet again and what hand has
grasped the blade
oh single midst a hostile band
young soldier thou art betrayed
silence in undertones they cry
no whisper not a breath
the sound that warns they comrades
nigh shall sentence thee to death
still, at thie bayonet's point
he stood and strong to meet the blow
he shouted midst his rushing blood
Arm, arm, auverne the foe
the stir, the tranmp, the bugle call
he heard the tumult grow
and sent his dying voice though all
auverne, auverne the foe.