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A Very Timely Poem
« on: August 01, 2007, 06:03:27 pm »

I remember this poem back in my College Days and thought it very timely due to our "noble mission" in Iraq.... :wub:

R. Southey
 
CCXVI. After Blenheim
 
IT was a summer evening,   
  Old Kaspar's work was done,   
And he before his cottage door   
  Was sitting in the sun;   
And by him sported on the green          5
His little grandchild Wilhelmine.   
   
She saw her brother Peterkin   
  Roll something large and round,   
Which he beside the rivulet   
  In playing there had found:   10
He came to ask what he had found   
That was so large and smooth and round.   
   
Old Kaspar took it from the boy,   
  Who stood expectant by;   
And then the old man shook his head,   15
  And with a natural sigh—   
"'Tis some poor fellow's skull," said he,   
"Who fell in the great victory.   
   
"I find them in the garden,   
  For there's many here about;   20
And often when I go to plough   
  The ploughshare turns them out.   
For many thousand men," said he,   
"Were slain in that great victory."   
   
"Now tell us what 'twas all about,"   25
  Young Peterkin he cries;   
And little Wilhelmine looks up   
  With wonder-waiting eyes;   
"Now tell us all about the war,   
And what they fought each other for."   30
   
"It was the English," Kaspar cried,   
  "Who put the French to rout;   
But what they fought each other   
  I could not well make out.   
But everybody said," quoth he,   35
"That 'twas a famous victory.   
   
"My father lived at Blenheim then,   
  Yon little stream hard by;   
They burnt his dwelling to the ground,   
  And he was forced to fly:   40
So with his wife and child he fled,   
Nor had he where to rest his head.   
   
"With fire and sword the country round   
  Was wasted far and wide,   
And many a childing mother then   45
  And newborn baby died:   
But things like that, you know, must be   
At every famous victory.   
   
"They say it was a shocking sight   
  After the field was won,   50
For many thousand bodies here   
  Lay rotting in the sun;   
But things like that, you know, must be   
After a famous victory.   
   
"Great praise the Duke of Marlbro' won,   55
  And our good Prince Eugene"—   
"Why 'twas a very wicked thing!"   
  Said little Welhelmine;   
"Nay—nay, my little girl," quoth he,   
"It was a famous victory.   60
   
"And everybody praised the Duke   
  Who this great fight did win"—   
"But what good came of it at last?"   
  Quoth little Peterkin.   
"Why that I cannot tell," said he,   65
"But 'twas a famous victory."   
 
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Re: A Very Timely Poem
« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2007, 06:42:12 pm »

I have this poem in one of my books, SS; I remember well the first time I read the "punch line."

If ever we wonder why history never changes, this poem will remind us. It is indeed timely.
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Re: A Very Timely Poem
« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2007, 06:10:02 pm »

I have this poem in one of my books, SS; I remember well the first time I read the "punch line."

If ever we wonder why history never changes, this poem will remind us. It is indeed timely.

Indeed, it seems this poem has slipped into some memory hole in the Halls of Academia along with the works of Thoreau and objective History tomes.... :huh:

In fact this poem should be published and placed in every Military Recruiting Center the next time we feel compelled to send our Forces to accomplish some mission for "Freedom"... :mellow:
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