by Robert Southey (1774 - 1843)

After Blenheim
Language: English  after the English 
It was the English that put the French to rout;
But what they kill'd each other for,
I could not well make out;
But ev'rybody said, you see,
That 'twas a famous victory.
With fire and sword the country round
was wasted far and wide,
And many a childing mother then
And newborn baby died.
But things like that, you know, must be
At ev'ry famous victory.
They say it was a shocking sight
After the field was won;
For many thousand bodies here
Lay rotting in the sun;
But things like that, you know, must be
After a famous victory.
And ev'rybody praised the Duke
Who this great fight did win
But what good came of it at last
Quoth the fallen's kin:
Why that I cannot tell, you see,
But 'twas a very famous victory.

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