Sunday, July 20, 2014

Soldier Rest

Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
 Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking:
Dream of battled fields no more,
 Days of danger, nights of waking.
 In our isle's enchanted hall,
 Hands unseen thy couch are strewing,
Fairy strains of music fall,
Every sense in slumber dewing.
 Soldier, rest! thy warfare o'er,
Dream of fighting fields no more:
 Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking,
 Morn of toil, nor night of waking.
 No rude sound shall reach thine ear,
 Armor's clang or war-steed champing,
Trump nor pibroch summon here
 Mustering clan, or squadron tramping.
 Yet the lark's shrill fife may come
 At the daybreak from the fallow,
And the bittern sound his drum,
Booming from the sedgy shallow.
 Ruder sounds shall none be near,
Guards nor warders challenge here,
 Here's no war-steed's neigh and champing,
 Shouting clans or squadron's stamping.

Sir Walter Scott

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