Deserter

 

Verse 1

Once I thought I never should be,
In this dejected state,
A poor distracted effigy,
Exposed to hardships great;
The birds that flutter in the breeze,
Strike terror to my heart,
And every star alarmeth me,
Oh, why did I desert?

Verse 2

'Twas liquors caused me to go astray,
And from my colours fly,
What a poor coward I was that day!
The same I cannot deny,
'Twas liquors caused me to go astray,
And baffled every thought,
My life is now a scene of woe,
Oh, why did I desert?

Verse 3

'Twas under cover of a tree,
Where I was forced to lie,
To shelter from my enemies,
Although my friends were nigh,
Just like an owl that hides by day,
I dare not show my face,
But on my journey I will pursue,
And seek some friendly place.

Verse 4

My brother he came riding by,
Not knowing I was there,
My voice aloud to him did cry,
But me he could not hear,
His horse was borne from me away,
I could not bring him to,
And here distressed I must lie,
Not knowing what to do.

Verse 5

My sword and sack, and blue coat too,
To them I left behind,
The boots and spurs from off my feet,
For them I did not mind.
To the Light Horse I bade adieu,
It once was my delight
And on my journey I will pursue,
And travel through the night.