A Song of the Cavalry – Frances Bartlett

Up and to horse, as the kiss of morn
Reddens the cheek of the sky
And her sweet breath blows through the aisles of the corn,
And the pulse of youth beats high!
Up and away in the cool clear air,
Life worth living, and all things fair,
Clickity-click-click-“clickity-click-“
And it’ s oh for the Cavalry!

The ring of hoofs on a leafy road,
The charge down a village street,The halt to parley-“to fire and load-“
The rush of retreating feet!
On and on in the winey air,
Welcoming danger anywhere-“
Clickity-click-click-“clickity click-“
And it’ s oh for the Cavalry!

The gleam of banners to victory borne,
Clashing of steel -˜gainst steel,
A thought for the dead-“but no time to mourn,
Then hurrah-“ the foemen reel!
Forward-“forward-“to do and dare,
With Sheridan spurring everywhere-“
Clickity-click-click-“clickity-click-“
And it’ s oh for the Cavalry!

A stirrup cup at some wayside rill,
A bed on the warm bare ground,
The plaint of a lonely whip-poor-will,
From the cypress trees around.
Off to sleep, without fear or care,
The sleep of youth in the open air-“
Clickity-click-“clickity-click-“
And it’ s oh for the Cavalry

The years have come and the years have gone,
And many a dream proved true,
But I sometimes long for youth’ s cool o’ the morn,
And the faces that I knew.
The ideals under the clustering hair,
When for all life’ s plans was time and to spare,
Clickity-click-click-“clickity-click-“
And it’ s oh for the Cavalry!

For time has deadened the cries of pain
That tortured our ears of yore;
The heat-“the dust-“and the chilling rain,
Forgotten forever more!
Hallowed the hardships we had to bear,
The toil-“the suffering-“the meager fare-“
Clickity-click-click-“clickity-click-“
And it’ s oh for the Cavalry!

Ah me, for the thrill of the bugle call
And fain would I see once more,
The fires of the bivouacs rise and fall
On the Rappahannock’ s shore.
Hear the whinney of my roan mare,
And ride-“and ride-“through the sunrise air.
Clickity-click-click-“clickity-click-“
Ah me, for the Cavalry!

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