Satirical Elegy On The Death Of A Late Famous General

His Grace! impossible! what dead! Of old age too, and in his bed! And could that mighty warrior fall? And so inglorious, after all! Well, since he's gone, no matter how, The last loud trump must wake him now: And, trust me, as the noise grows stronger, He'd wish to sleep a little longer. And could he be indeed so old As by the newspapers we're told? Threescore, I think, is pretty high; 'Twas time in conscience he should die. This world he cumbered long enough; He burnt his candle to the snuff; And that's the reason, some folks think, He left behind so great a s—k.

The Historical. Lord Byron, English poet and Greek national hero (he fought with Greeks in their war of independence against the Turks), penned this immortal work about an invading king whose armies met with the plague during a 701 B.C. seige of Jerusalem:

0 0

Post a comment