1809 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Thomas Fitzgerald

Anonymous, "On Hearing a Gentleman, at a public Anniversary, recite, for the tenth time, the Defeat and Downfall of Bonaparte" The Star (21 April 1809).



Astride his neighing charger, see F * * * *!
He comes, without a trumpeter or herald;
Nor herald nor a trumpeter he wants,
But boldly in the lists his prowess vaunts;
No longer bolster'd by his grand Allies,
("TH' IMPERIAL ALEXANDERS, GREAT AS WISE!")
He, "without fear or wit," yet "proud of heart,"
Defies to mortal combat BONAPARTE;
"And while he makes the general cause his own,
The blood-nurs'd Daemon trembles on his throne!"
Ten times he has met him on the hostile plain,
And more than three times "thrice has slain the slain!"
Could Swede or Spaniard like F * * * * fight,
The whole of Europe would be sav'd this night;
The vile disturber of the world's repose
Would feel the force of their repeated blows—
Would sorely feel (with truth it may be spoken)
His bones, without a metaphor, all broken!
Hear me, then, Spaniard, Austrian, Swede, and Turk!
Like him our undaunted Bard, begin the work;
Like him, strike home — en masse your forces levy—
And be your strokes as keen, if not as heavy!