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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed.  Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
France: Vols. IX–X.  1876–79.
Dunkirk (Dunkerque)
Peace and Dunkirk
Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)
SPITE of Dutch friends and English foes,
  Poor Britain shall have peace at last:
Holland got towns, and we got blows;
  But Dunkirk ’s ours, we ’ll hold it fast.
    We have got it in a string,        5
    And the Whigs may all go swing,
For among good friends I love to be plain;
    All their false deluded hopes
    Will, or ought to end in ropes;
“But the Queen shall enjoy her own again.”        10
Sunderland ’s run out of his wits,
  And Dismal double dismal looks;
Wharton can only swear by fits,
  And strutting Hal is off the hooks;
    Old Godolphin, full of spleen,        15
    Made false moves, and lost his Queen;
Harry looked fierce, and shook his ragged mane:
    But a prince of high renown
    Swore he ’d rather lose a crown
“Than the Queen should enjoy her own again.”        20
Our merchant-ships may cut the line,
  And not be snapt by privateers,
And commoners who love good wine
  Will drink it now as well as peers:
    Landed men shall have their rent,        25
  Yet our stocks rise cent, per cent.
The Dutch from hence shall no more millions drain;
    We ’ll bring on us no more debts,
    Nor with bankrupts fill gazettes;
“And the Queen shall enjoy her own again.”        30
The towns we took ne’er did us good:
  What signified the French to beat?
We spent our money and our blood,
  To make the Dutchmen proud and great:
    But the Lord of Oxford swears,        35
    Dunkirk never shall be theirs.
The Dutch-hearted Whigs may rail and complain;
    But true Englishmen may fill
    A good health to General Hill:
“For the Queen now enjoys her own again.”        40

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