Reference > Anthologies > Warner, et al., eds. > The Library > Verse
  PREVIOUSNEXT  

CONTENTS · GENERAL INDEX · QUICK INDEX · SONGS & LYRICS · BIOGRAPHIES
READER’S DIGEST · STUDENT’S COURSE · PORTRAITS · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Sonnet to Britain. “By the Duke of Wellington”
By William Edmondstoune Aytoun (1813–1865)
 
From the ‘Bon Gaultier Ballads’

HALT! Shoulder arms! Recover! As you were!
  Right wheel! Eyes left! Attention! Stand at ease!
  O Britain! O my country! Words like these
Have made thy name a terror and a fear
To all the nations. Witness Ebro’s banks,        5
  Assaye, Toulouse, Nivelle, and Waterloo,
  Where the grim despot muttered, Sauve qui peut!
And Ney fled darkling.—Silence in the ranks!
Inspired by these, amidst the iron crash
  Of armies, in the centre of his troop        10
The soldier stands—unmovable, not rash—
  Until the forces of the foemen droop;
Then knocks the Frenchmen to eternal smash,
  Pounding them into mummy. Shoulder, hoop!
 
 
CONTENTS · GENERAL INDEX · SONGS & LYRICS · BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY
READER’S DIGEST · STUDENT’S COURSE · BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD
  PREVIOUSNEXT  
 

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2015 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors · World Lit.