Complete Poetical Works

Author: Bret Harte


But as he finished, Grey slipped to his feet,
Calm as his ancestors in voice and eye:
"You do forget yourself when you compete
With him whose RIGHT it is to stay and die:
That’s not YOUR duty. Please regain your seat;
And take my ORDERS—since I rank you here!—
Mount and rejoin your men, and my defeat
Report at quarters. Take this letter; ne’er
Give it to aught but HER, nor let aught interfere."


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Chicago: Bret Harte, "XI," Complete Poetical Works in Complete Poetical Works (New York: George E. Wood, 1850), Original Sources, accessed March 31, 2023,

MLA: Harte, Bret. "XI." Complete Poetical Works, in Complete Poetical Works, New York, George E. Wood, 1850, Original Sources. 31 Mar. 2023.

Harvard: Harte, B, 'XI' in Complete Poetical Works. cited in 1850, Complete Poetical Works, George E. Wood, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 31 March 2023, from