Ye sons of Great Britain, come join with me,
And sing in praise of Sir Garnet Wolseley;
Sound drums and trumpets cheerfully,
For he has acted most heroically.
Therefore loudly his praises sing
Until the hills their echoes back doth ring;
For he is a noble hero bold,
And an honour to his Queen and country, be it told.
He has gained for himself fame and renown,
Which to posterity will be handed down;
Because he has defeated Arabi by land and by sea,
And from the battle of Tel-el-Kebir he made him to flee.
With an army about fourteen thousand strong,
Through Egypt he did fearlessly march along,
With the gallant and brave Highland brigade,
To whom honour is due, be it said.
Arabi’s army was about seventy thousand in all,
And, virtually speaking, it wasn’t very small;
But if they had been as numerous again,
The Irish and Highland brigades would have beaten them, it is plain.
‘Twas on the 13th day of September, in the year of 1882,
Which Arabi and his rebel horde long will rue;
Because Sir Garnet Wolseley and his brave little band
Fought and conquered them on Kebir land.
He marched upon the enemy with his gallant band
O’er the wild and lonely desert sand,
And attacked them before daylight,
And in twenty minutes he put them to flight.
The first shock of the attack was borne by the Second Brigade,
Who behaved most manfully, it is said,
Under the command of brave General Grahame,
And have gained a lasting honour to their name.
But Major Hart and the 18th Royal Irish, conjoint,
Carried the trenches at the bayonet point;
Then the Marines chased them about four miles away,
At the charge of the bayonet, without dismay!
General Sir Archibald Alison led on the Highland Brigade,
Who never were the least afraid.
And such has been the case in this Egyptian war,
For at the charge of the bayonet they ran from them afar!
With their bagpipes playing, and one ringing cheer,
And the 42nd soon did the trenches clear;
Then hand to hand they did engage,
And fought like tigers in a cage.
Oh! it must have been a glorious sight
To see Sir Garnet Wolseley in the thickest of the fight!
In the midst of shot and shell, and the cannons roar,
Whilst the dead and the dying lay weltering in their gore.
Then the Egyptians were forced to yield,
And the British were left masters of the field;
Then Arabi he did fret and frown
To see his army thus cut down.
Then Arabi the rebel took to flight,
And spurred his Arab steed with all his might:
With his heart full of despair and woe,
And never halted till he reached Cairo.
Now since the Egyptian war is at an end,
Let us thank God! Who did send
Sir Garnet Wolseley to crush and kill
Arabi and his rebel army at Kebir hill.
© William McGonagall 🔒
Some other random works of this poet:
- The Collision In The English Channel
- The Death Of Lord And Lady Dalhousie
- The Sprig Of Moss
- John Rouat The Fisherman
- A New Year’s Resolution To Leave Dundee
- The Battle Of Corunna
- Lines In Defence Of The Stage
- The Beautiful Sun
- The Wreck Of The Steamer Mohegan
- Attempted Assassination Of The Queen
- An Ode To The Queen On Her Jubilee Year
- Beautiful Comrie
- The Inauguration Of The University College
- Little Popeet – The Lost Child
- The Wreck Of The Steamer London
- The Destroying Angel
- Loch Ness
- The Battle Of Cressy
- The Demon Drink
- The River Of Leith
- A Tale Of Elsinore
- Beautiful Aberfoyle
- Mary, The Maid O’ The Tay
- The Beautiful City Of Perth
- A New Temperance Poem, In Memory Of My Departed Parents, Who Were Sober Living & God Fearing People
- The Inauguration Of The Hill O’ Balgay
- Balmoral Castle
- The Burning Of The Ship Kent
- An Address To The Rev. George Gilfillan
- The Wreck Of The Steamer Storm Queen
- The Troubles Of Matthew Mahoney
- Lord Robert’s Triumphal Entry Into Pretoria
- Lines In Praise Of Mr. J. Graham Henderson, Hawick
- The Battle Of Inkermann
- The Funeral Of The Late Ex-Provost Rough, Dundee
- Hanchen, The Maid Of The Mill
- An Adventure In The Life Of King James V Of Scotland
- Young Munro The Sailor
- The Burning Of The Steamer City Of Montreal
- The Capture Of Lucknow
- The Crucifixion Of Christ
- The Battle Of Culloden
- An Address To The New Tay Bridge
- A Humble Heroine
- Beautiful Village Of Penicuik
- A Tale Of Christmas Eve
- Descriptive Jottings Of London
- The Wreck Of The Columbine
- Grace Darling