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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
September 5
On the Taking of Namur by the King of Great Britain
By Matthew Prior (1664–1721)
          A Belgian town captured by the Allies under William III. from the French under Boufflers, on Sept. 5, 1695.

SAMBRE and Maese their waves may join;
  But ne’er can William’s force restrain;
He’ll pass them both, who passed the Boyne:
  Remember this and arm the Seine.
Full fifteen thousand lusty fellows,        5
  With fire and sword the fort maintain:
Each was a Hercules, you tell us,
  Yet out they marched like common men.
Cannons above and mines below
  Did Death and tombs for us contrive;        10
Yet matters have been ordered so,
  That most of us are still alive.
If Namur be compared to Troy
  Then Britain’s boys excelled the Greeks;
Their siege did ten long years employ;        15
  We’ve done our business in ten weeks.

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