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No. 13 - Song - The Prince and Chorus - "Lay of the Cavalier"

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The Prince: With their trappings all a-jingle,
And their horses' blood a-tingle,
Sabres clashing, armor flashing,
Rode Prince Rupert's cavaliers.
Came the damsels fair to meet them,
With their sweetest smiles to greet them,
Bright eyes glowing, aye but showing
Love and loyalty through tears.
Sweet the kisses then to heroes proffered;
Rich the flagons, served by fairest hands.
For a single stirrup-cup to cheer up
Those who fought at king's commands.
Then with gay farewells in Chorus
Chorus: How those Jacobites before us
Prince: Galloped madly, riding gladly,
Chorus: Forth to battle for their king.
Men: Riding for the King.
Prince: Boots and saddles, cavaliers!
Pistols, carabines.
Chorus: So ho!
Prince: Down with all King George's crew,
Up with kings and queens:
As we ride, as we ride
With our swords by our side;
Forward! fighting for king, and glory!
Chorus: As we ride, as we ride
With our swords by our side;
Prince: Onward, cavaliers, cavaliers, onward all!
   
Prince: Noblest men and sweetest ladies
Wished the Puritans in Hades,
For the Stuart beat each true heart
'Neath steel-mail and silken gown.
Merry Tory lads and lasses,
Crumbling bread in to their glasses,
Slyly winking, said (while drinking)
"Heaven send this crumb well down!"
Those were days so glorious and victorious;
Days to set each gallant heart aflame.
Till knell sounded downfall for the Roundhead,
Till the merry monarch came.
Ev'ry high-born wife or daughter
Chorus: Pledged the king's health o'er the water,
Prince: Gladly guiding, friends in hiding,
Chorus: All despite of risk and blame.
Men: Riding for the King.
Prince: Boots and saddles, cavaliers!
Pistols, carabines.
Chorus: So ho!
Prince: Down with all King George's crew,
Up with kings and queens:
As we ride, as we ride
With our swords by our side;
Forward! fighting for king, and glory!
Chorus: As we ride, as we ride
With our swords by our side;
All: Onward, cavaliers, cavaliers, onward all!
Onward all!

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