THIRTY-SIXTH HEREFORDSHIRE REGIMENT.
There are great men who revel in parks and in fields,
And in lordly domains spreading wide;
There are nobles who boast of their rich blazon'd shields
That witness their ancestors' pride.
Yet we envy them not, for the fields of our fame
From the East to the West spread afar;
And the motto we bear, and the badge that we claim,
Have been won in the red field of war.
Chorus—True hearted friends we'll all remain;
And when war calls to arms again,
From our dauntless front the foe shall flee,
For our motto is "Firm," and firm we'll be.
Should they ask us perchance in what age of the world
We have conquered, or question us where,
We'll hang our green banners before them unfurled,
They may read the proud names that they bear.
From the East have our forefathers' glories been earned,
And the West could fresh laurels supply,
When rallying in might at Corunna we turned,
And we forced the pursuer to fly.
From the leaguered wall fiercely, when loud cannon pealed,
Even first on the breach were they found.
Back to back they stood fixed, nor bethought them to yield,
When the foe, front and rear, gathered round.
His ill-gotten goods of Hispania's spoil,
We forced the proud Frenchman to leave.
In confusion at Orthes we made him recoil,
And lie fled from our bayonets at Nive.
While the foeman abroad rests from war in our days,
And our land twines in myrtles her sword;
If rebellion his voice in her cities should raise,
And gather a traitorous horde;
Tho' the hearts of some fail them, and others forget.
Their allegiance, and we stand alone,
Undaunted we'll rally and baffle them yet,
And will strike for the Queen and the Throne,
Of the warriors who gained us such deathless renown,
In the Fields of the East and the West,
Tho' seine in their age have their armours laid down,
And others be laid to their rest,
May their spirit for ever fresh influence lend,
Nor cease, save with life's fleeting term,
In the fight 'gainst the foe, and in faith to a friend,
Let Our motto be "Firm," ever "Firm."
Composed by W. HALE, ESQ., at Corfu, Christmas, 1848.