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  • The charge of the light brigade.

    Not a story here...but I ran across a hand written copy of this that I wrote in 9th grade. I can remember the first time I read this. It still gives me chills. Hope all can appreciate it.


    The Charge of the Light Brigade
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    I.
    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.
    ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
    Charge for the guns!’ he said:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    II.
    ‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
    Was there a man dismay’d?
    Not tho’ the soldier knew
    Some one had blunder’d:
    Their’s not to make reply,
    Their’s not to reason why,
    Their’s but to do and die:
    Into the valley of Death
    Rode the six hundred.

    III.
    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon in front of them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    Boldly they rode and well,
    Into the jaws of Death,
    Into the mouth of ****
    Rode the six hundred.


    IV.
    Flash’d all their sabres bare,
    Flash'd as they turn’d in air
    Sabring the gunners there,
    Charging an army, while
    All the world wonder’d:
    Plunged in the battery-smoke
    Right thro’ the line they broke;
    Cossack and Russian
    Reel’d from the sabre-stroke
    Shatter’d and sunder’d.
    Then they rode back, but not
    Not the six hundred.

    V.
    Cannon to right of them,
    Cannon to left of them,
    Cannon behind them
    Volley’d and thunder’d;
    Storm’d at with shot and shell,
    While horse and hero fell,
    They that had fought so well
    Came thro’ the jaws of Death,
    Back from the mouth of ****,
    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 wonder’d.
    Honour the charge they made!
    Honour the Light Brigade,
    Noble six hundred!

  • #2
    Re: The charge of the light brigade.

    I'm v impressed Primal - I haven't read this poem in many years! My Grandfather (who was a British Army Chaplain) read it to me when I was a kid and its always been one of my favorites

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    • #3
      Re: The charge of the light brigade.

      that is a very nice poem.

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      • #4
        Re: The charge of the light brigade.

        Alas! No more horses! Well, except in Texas. I know the Texas ROTC of Texas A&M still has horses, the Texas National Guard probably still does as well...

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