Emily Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

Here you will find the Poem and he said, fight on of poet Emily Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake)

and he said, fight on

Time and its ally, Dark Disarmament, 
 Have compassed me about, 
Have massed their armies, and on battle bent 
 My forces put to rout; 
But though I fight alone, and fall, and die, 
 Talk terms of Peace? Not I. 

They war upon my fortress, and their guns 
 Are shattering its walls; 
My army plays the cowards' part, and runs, 
 Pierced by a thousand balls; 
They call for my surrender. I reply, 
 "Give quarter now? Not I." 

They've shot my flag to ribbons, but in rents 
 It floats above the height; 
Their ensign shall not crown my battlements 
 While I can stand and fight. 
I fling defiance at them as I cry, 
 "Capitulate? Not I."