More Songs from Vagabondia

by Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey


 

BUIE ANNAJOHN


 

BUIE ANNAJOHN was the king’s black mare,
Buie, Buie, Buie Annajohn!
Satin was her coat and silk was her hair,
Buie Annajohn,
The young king’s own.
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March with the white moon, march with the sun,
March with the merry men, Buie Annajohn!

Buie Annajohn, when the dew lay hoar,
(Buie, Buie, Buie Annajohn!)
Down through the meadowlands went to war,—

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Buie Annajohn,
The young king’s own.
March by the river road, march by the dune,
March with the merry men, Buie Annajohn!

Buie Annajohn had the heart of flame,

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Buie, Buie, Buie Annajohn!
First of the hosts to the hostings came
Buie Annajohn,
The young king’s own.
March till we march the red sun down,
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March with the merry men, Buie Annajohn!

Back from the battle at the close of the day,
(Buie, Buie, Buie Annajohn!)
Came with the war cheers, came with a neigh,
Buie Annajohn,

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The young king’s own.
Oh, heavy was the sword that we laid on;
But half of the heave was Buie Annajohn,
Buie, Buie, Buie Annajohn!