Marching Along
Being a Royalist song of the Civil War
Submitted by Mark Arnold
The following is a song, which from the words seems to have been written during the early months of the Civil War, but no melody used for it has survived, although one may surface at some time in the future.

I have submitted a copy of this song to Robert Giglio, and he has requested that all Royalist soldiers in the Society learn the words, and that Keith Frye and I are to come up with a simple melody to sing the song too, and teach it to the Royalist troops at the next muster.

I agree with Robert Giglio (as does Keith Frye) that this is a perfect and simple song, for us to sing as we march past the long-faced Roundhead, and/or into battle. It's definitely better than an Orc song....

Marching Along

Kentish Sir Byng, stood for his King,
Bidding the crop-headed Parliament swing,
And pressing a troop unable to stoop,
And see the rogues flourish and honest folk droop.


Chorus:
Marching along, fifty-score strong,
Great-hearted gentlemen singing this song.

God for King Charles! Pym and such carles,
To the Devil that prompts 'em their treasonous parles,
Cavaliers up! Lips from the cup,
Hands from the pasty, nor bite take no sup,
Till you're...


Chorus:
Marching along, fifty-score strong,
Great-hearted gentlemen singing this song.

Hampden to hell and his obsequies' knell,
Serve Hazelrig, Fiennes and young Harry as well.
England good cheer, Prince Rupert is near,
Kentish and loyalists, keep we not here,
But go...


Chorus:
Marching along, fifty-score strong,
Great-hearted gentlemen singing this song.

God for King Charles! Pym and his snarles,
To the Devil that pricks on such pestilent carles,
Hold by the right, you double your might,
So onward to Nottingham, fresh for the fight.


Chorus:
Marching along, fifty-score strong,
Great-hearted gentlemen singing this song.



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