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They were like dogs after a hare- – Once they got the scent.
There was no stopping them.
Down the hill they ran, Faster And faster.
They thought that they had won. They thought that they were proper soldiers
But they just didn’t listen.
We could see what would happen From the top of the hill.
We knew what would happen At the bottom.
They gave William the upper hand As we fell back to defend the King.
Runners told us the Second Army was close But the King was hit, his brothers too
And the word was given. Fall Back, Fall Back, To the Andreasweald, To the Malfosse.
It’s late. It’s dusk. The Second Army’s here. At last.
We join the line they’ve formed At Malfosse, at Malfosse we whisper.
It’s darker now And on the Normans come
The sound of horses and cries in French, Louder, Louder. Closer, Closer
They are the dogs now after the hare, They have the scent of blood.
We are stronger now and we stand defiant. We urge the Normans on For we can win here
For we can win, or we have Malfosse!
And win we did. In the name of Harold and Saxon England.
Horses and Normans piled high in the ditch. The ditch that was Malfosse.
And then we disappeared, Into the night, Into the Andreasweald.
Remember Malfosse, A victory, but a hollow one,
For we have lost our King. For we have lost our country
May God Speed And Save Us All From Norman Rule.
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