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We go to war. Let Antennyson's word guide us.


treygreen13

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Half a foot, half a foot,

Half a foot onward,

All in the yard of green

Rode the six thousand.

"Forward, the Ant Brigade!

"Charge for the mound!" he said:

Into the yard of green

Rode the six thousand.

"Forward, the Ant Brigade!"

Was there an ant dismay'd?

Not tho' the soldier ants knew

The Queen had blunder'd:

Their's not to flee the fly,

Their's not to bite and ply,

Their's but to do and die:

Into the yard of green

Rode the six thousand.

Mandible to right of them,

Mandible to left of them,

Mandible in front of them

Pierce'd and torn asunder;

Storm'd at with feeler and exoskeleton,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the mound of Death,

Into the mouth of Fire

Rode the six thousand.

Flash'd all their stingers bare,

Flash'd as they sprayed formic acid in air,

Tearing at the insects there,

Charging an army, while

All the yard wonder'd:

Plunged in the entry-hole

Right thro' the mound they dove;

Soldier and Worker

Reel'd from the stinger stroke

Shatter'd and sunder'd.

Then they rode back, but not

Not the six thousand.

Mandible to right of them,

Mandible to left of them,

Mandible behind them

Pierce'd and torn asunder;

Storm'd at with feeler and exoskeleton,

While abdomen and thorax fell,

They that had stung so well

Came thro' the mound of Death

Back from the mouth of Fire,

All that was left of them,

Left of six thousand.

When can their scent trail fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the yard wondered.

Honor the charge they made,

Honor the Ant Brigade,

Noble six thousand.

Alfred Antennyson

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