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The Charge of the Light Brigade

In this time of instant messages, Snapchats and FaceTime, it is fun to look back at a time when opinions and thoughts were communicated not only on print but also in the forms of a poem, or allegory. On December 9, 1854 Lord Alfred Tennyson published one of his most famous poems, The Charge of the Light Brigade. Lord Alfred Tennyson was the poet laureate of the United Kingdom. Although the methods of communication may have changed, many of the feelings have not.

Charge of the Light Brigade by Richard Caton Woodville, Jr. Public domain.

1.
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.

2.
"Forward, the Light Brigade!"

Was there a man dismay'd?

Not tho' the soldier knew

Someone had blunder'd:

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.

3.
Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon in front of them

Volley'd and thunder'd;

Storm'd at with shot and shell,

Boldly they rode and well,

Into the jaws of Death,

Into the mouth of Hell

Rode the six hundred.

4.
Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air,

Sabring the gunners there,

Charging an army, while

All the world wonder'd:

Plunged in the battery-smoke

Right thro' the line they broke;

Cossack and Russian

Reel'd from the sabre stroke

Shatter'd and sunder'd.

Then they rode back, but not

Not the six hundred.

5.
Cannon to right of them,

Cannon to left of them,

Cannon behind them

Volley'd and thunder'd;

Storm'd at with shot and shell,

While horse and hero fell,

They that had fought so well

Came thro' the jaws of Death

Back from the mouth of Hell,

All that was left of them,

Left of six hundred.

6.
When can their glory fade?

O the wild charge they made!

All the world wondered.

Honor the charge they made,

Honor the Light Brigade,

Noble six hundred.

So Many Ways to Help

Although we keep being told the economy is better, there are still way too many people unemployed or under-employed. There are too many families that don't have enough food to eat, and their children go to school hungry. We are not talking about overseas. We are talking about America. Remember your local food banks as winter approaches. This is an especially difficult time of year for many, so give generously of your time and money. Many food stores and supermarkets have bins for donations for local food banks, so just make it a habit to pick up a non-perishable good to donate. Cans of tuna, soups with meat, packaged milk can always be used.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Several times in December, ABC will show the ageless Christmas special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. This is the 50th year anniversary of the showing of this Peanuts classic which laments the over-commercialization and secularism of Christmas. Needless to say this same argument can still be made today but as people around the world join together with family and friends the true meaning of Christmas still rings true.

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