was enchanted by

As I was going by Charing Cross

As I Was Going By Charing Cross is a nursery rhyme, sometimes referred to as "As I was going to Charing Cross".

As I was going by Charing Cross,
I saw a black man upon a black horse.
They told me it was King Charles the First.
Oh dear, my heart was ready to burst!

This refers to a statue of Charles I on horseback outside Charing Cross. The "black man" may refer to the condition of the statue.

The last line may refer to the reaction of the crowd when he was beheaded.

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