Thursday, 26 July 2012

Light Infantry Song

 This was posted on the 40th Foot (Bloodhounds) facebook page and I thought I'd better share it.
A tune of the American War of Independence.This song, celebrating the British Army Light Infantry, was printed in Rivington's Royal Gazette, at New York, in 1778. It was said to have been written by an American Loyalist.
For battle prepared in their country's just cause
Their king to avenge and support all his laws,
As fierce as the tiger, as swift as the roe,
The British Light Infantry rush on their foe.
Though rebels unnumbered oppose their career
Their hearts are undaunted; they're strangers to fear;
No obstacles hinder, relentless they go
And death and destruction attend every blow.
The alarm of the drum and the cannon's loud roar,
The musket's quick flash, but inflames them the more.
No dangers dismay, for they fear no control
But glory and conquest inspires every soul.
Whenever their foe stands arranged in their sight
With ardour impatient they pant for the fight
Rout, havoc confusion they spread through the field
And rebellion and treason are forced to yield.

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