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The Charge of the Light Brigade
Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  note the accent marks, these guide the production of the signs
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Half a league, half a league, CONTINUE CONTINUE
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Half a league onward, CONTINUE PROGRESS
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All in the valley of Death VALLEY SURROUND
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Rode the six hundred. RODE HERD
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"Forward, the Light Brigade! SWORD-CHARGE ARMY
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"Charge for the guns!" he said: SEIZE CANNON
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Into the valley of Death VALLEY SURROUND
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Rode the six hundred. RODE HERD

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"Forward, the Light Brigade!" SWORD-CHARGE ARMY
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Was there a man dismay'd? THEY DEFLATED?
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Not tho' the soldier knew DOESN'T-MATTER THEY KNOW
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Someone had blunder'd: SOMEONE MISTAKE
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Their's not to make reply, THEIR RESPONSIBILITY
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  REPLY NOT
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Their's not to reason why, THEIR WHY
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  FIGURE NOT
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Their's but to do and die: THEIR ORDER
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  FOLLOW DIE
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Into the valley of Death VALLEY SURROUND
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Rode the six hundred. RODE HERD

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Cannon to right of them, CANNON->R CANNON->L
Cannon to left of them, /   /
Cannon in front of them CANNON->front SURROUND
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Volley'd and thunder'd; VOLLEY VOLLEY
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  THUNDER THUNDER
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Storm'd at with shot and shell, BOMB BRAVE
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Boldly they rode and well, RIDE SKILL
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Into the jaws of Death, SURROUND JAW DEATH
Into the mouth of Hell /   /
Rode the six hundred. RODE HERD

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Flash'd all their sabres bare, DRAW-SWORD SLASH SLASH
Flash'd as they turn'd in air, /   /
Sabring the gunners there, STAB FIGHT
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Charging an army, while SURROUND CLASH
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All the world wonder'd: WORLD QUESTION-HEAD
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Plunged in the battery-smoke SMOKE LINE
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Right thro' the line they broke; BREAK-THROUGH PAH
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Cossack and Russian ENEMY-PERSON FALL FALL
Reel'd from the sabre stroke /   /
Shatter'd and sunder'd. SLASH-STAB SCATTER
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Then they rode back, but not VALLEY HERD
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Not the six hundred. NOT SIX HUNDRED

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Cannon to right of them, CANNON->R CANNON->L
Cannon to left of them, /   /
Cannon behind them CANNON->back SURROUND
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Volley'd and thunder'd; VOLLEY VOLLEY
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  THUNDER THUNDER
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Storm'd at with shot and shell, BOMB HORSE RIDER
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While horse and hero fell, DIE DIE
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They that had fought so well FIGHT-FIGHT HERD
Came thro' the jaws of Death /   /
Back from the mouth of Hell, JAW ESCAPE
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All that was left of them, DIE DIE SHRINK
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Left of six hundred. SHRINK LEFT FEW

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When can their glory fade? FAMOUS BRAVE
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  FADE NOT
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O the wild charge they made! WILD CLASH
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All the world wonder'd. WORLD QUESTION-HEAD
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Honor the charge they made, HONOR ARMY
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Honor the Light Brigade, CHARGE-MARCH SIX HUNDRED
Noble six hundred.    

     
     
     

 


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