Patriotism and War
The Complaint of the Poor Cavaliers
pate. head. These lines refer to the execution of King Charles I by the Parliamentarians January 30, 1649.
Sons of Gaunt. Royalists, followers of the House of Lancaster which was founded by John of Gaunt, the fourth son of Edward III.
Trail All Your Pikes
A pike was a weapon consisting of a long wooden shaft topped by a pointed metal spearhead.
This is one of many patriotic poems inspired by Merlin's Cave, a garden structure built at Richmond by William Kent for Queen Caroline in 1735. Elizabeth Burton states that it was not a cave, but a three-room building whose style "was an excessively odd mixture of classical and gothic with an ogee doorway; its three, steep-pitched roofs thatched and shaped like