Come all ye Texas Rangers ,whoever ye may be;
I'll tell you of a story that happened unto me.
My name is nothing extra, to you I will not tell,
But here's to all good Rangers ,I'm sure I wish you well.
When at the age of fifteen (years), I joined the royal band.
We marched from San Antonio unto the Rio Grande,
And there the Captain told us, perhaps he thought it right,
"Before you reach the station ,boys, I'm sure you'll haveto fight.
We saw the Indians coming, and heard them give their yells.
My feelings at that moment no tongue can ever tell,
We saw their glittering lances; their arrows around us hailed.
My heart was sick within me; my courage almost failed.
I thought of my old mother, who in tears (to me) did say,
"To you they all are strangers; with me you better stay."
I thought her weak and childish, and that she did not know,
For I was bent on roving and I was bound to go.
We fought them full five hours before the fight gave o'er;
Three hundred noble soldiers lay weltering in their grave;
Three hundred noble soldiers as ever trod the West
Were buried by their comrades, May sweet peace be their rest!
Perhaps you have a Mother; likewise a sister ,too.
Perhaps you have a sweet heart who will weep and mourn for you.
If this should be your portion, and you are bound to roam,
I'd advise you from experience, you'd better stay at home.
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