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168 Songs and Ballads
8 Our hearts went with him. Back we swept,
And when the bugle said, "Up, charge again!" no man was there
But hung his dogged head. "We've no one left to lead us now,"
The sullen soldiers said.
9 Just then before the laggard line
The coloners horse we spied, Bay Billy with his trappings on,
His nostrils swelling wide, As though still on his gallant back
The master sat astride.
io Right royally he took the place That was of old his wont, And with a neigh that seemed to say,
Above the battle's brunt, "How can the Twenty-second charge If/am not in front?"
ii Like statues rooted there we stood
And gazed a little space, Above that floating mane we missed
The dear familiar face, But we saw Bay Billy's eye of fire,
And it gave us heart of grace.
L2 No bugle call could rouse us all As that brave sight had done, Down all the battered line we felt
A lightning impulse run. Up! up! the hill we followed Bill, And captured every gun!