The Charge of the Light Brigade (An Epic Poem from History)

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‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’ celebrates the self-sacrifice and heroism of 600 soldiers who charged against a 25,000 strong Russian army during the Crimean War.

Further reading: https://www.history.com/news/the-charge-of-the-light-brigade-160-years-ago

Read by John Davies
Written by Alfred Tennyson (1809 – 1892)
Music by Whitesand

Full Poem:

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns!” he said.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

“Forward, the Light Brigade!”
Was there a man dismayed?
Not though the soldier knew
Someone had blundered.
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flashed all their sabres bare,
Flashed as they turned in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wondered.
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right through the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reeled from the sabre stroke
Shattered and sundered.
Then they rode back, but not
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell.
They that had fought so well
Came through the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!

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18 Comments

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  2. A timeless poem of great sacrifice of a battalion of soldiers , their loyalty to command !

  3. wow! Startling imagery formed in my mind as this was narrated . How many Russians did the 600 go against?

  4. I was in a very dark place in my life and I came across your channel, specifically Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening by Robert Frost. I can never thank you enough because that poem saved my life and made me realise that I have miles to go before I sleep.
    Thank you

  5. “If you Love your Country
    Why is it necessary
    To hate other Countries?”

    – Arthur Miller.

  6. A wonderful poem ( never forgotten) I remember learning at school many years ago 🌹🧸♥️

  7. “A man is never too weak
    Or too wounded to fight.
    If the cause is greater
    Than his own life.”
    – Oenomaus

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