From The Oxford Song Book 1931. I’ve recorded three versions of this recruiting song of the Marlborough wars; all to the same stirring tune, which the book says should be played ‘gaily and persuasively’. I wonder that anyone could be taken in by the assertion that every volunteer will become a captain!
Watercolour by Richard Simkin, 1900.
David Cody writes: Also known as the War of the Spanish Succession, Marlborough’s Wars (1702-13), fought in Europe and on the Mediterranean, were the last and the bloodiest of the Wars between England and France under Louis XIV, and the first in which Britain played a major military role in European military affairs.