Boot, saddle, to horse, and away! Rescue my castle before the hot day Brightens to blue from its silvery grey, Boot, saddle, to horse, and away! Ride past the suburbs, asleep as you'd say; Many's the friend there, will listen and pray God's luck to gallants that strike up the lay, "Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!" Forty miles off, like a roebuck at bay, Flouts Castle Brancepeth the Roundheads' array: Who laughs, "Good fellows ere this, by my fay, Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!" Who? My wife Gertrude; that, honest and gay, Laughs when you talk of surrendering, "Nay! I've better counsellors; what counsel they? Boot, saddle, to horse, and away!"
Song Cycle by Dorothea Hollins (flourished 1935)
?. Boot and saddle  [sung text not yet checked]
- by Robert Browning (1812 - 1889), "My wife Gertrude", appears in Bells and Pomegranates, in Cavalier Tunes, first published 1842 [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
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- by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828 - 1882)
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[If I were loved]1, as I desire to be, What is there in the great sphere of the earth, And range of evil between death and birth, That I should fear -- if I were loved by thee? All the inner, all the outer world of pain Clear Love would pierce and cleave, if thou wert mine, As I have heard that, somewhere in the main, Fresh water-springs come up through bitter brine. 'Twere joy, not fear, clasped hand in hand with thee, To wait for death -- mute -- careless of all ills, Apart upon a mountain, though the surge Of some new deluge from a thousand hills Flung leagues of roaring foam into the gorge Below us, as far on as eye could see.
- by Alfred Tennyson, Lord (1809 - 1892), no title, appears in Poems [author's text checked 1 time against a primary source]
First published in 1833; revised in 1872
1 in the 1833 edition, Tennyson had "But were I loved"
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