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22. Zagonyi.

by George H. Boker.
Bold captain of the Body-Guard,
     I'll troll a stave to thee!
My voice is somewhat harsh and hard,
     And rough my minstrelsy.
I've cheered until my throat is sore
     For how our boys at Beaufort bore;
Yet here's a cheer for thee!

I hear thy jingling spurs and reins,
     Thy sabre at thy knee;
The blood runs lighter through my veins,
     As I before me see
Thy hundred men, with thrusts and blows,
     Ride down a thousand stubborn foes,
The foremost led by thee.

With pistol snap and rifle crack--
     Mere salvos fired to honor thee--
Ye plunge, and stamp, and shoot, and hack
     The way your swords make free;
Then back again — the path is wide
     This time — ye gods! it was a ride,
The ride they took with thee!

No guardsman of the whole command
     Halts, quails, or turns to flee;
With bloody spur and steady hand
     They gallop where they see
Thy leading plume stream out ahead,
     O'er flying, wounded, dying, dead;
They can but follow thee.

So, captain of the Body-Guard,
     I pledge a health to thee!
I hope to see thy shoulders starred,
     My Paladin; and we
Shall laugh at fortune in the fray,
     Whene'er you lead your well-known way
To death or victory!

--Philadelphia Press.

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