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Poem by Dante Gabriel Rossetti


On the Field of Waterloo


So then, the name which travels side by side
With English life from childhoodWaterloo
Means this. The sun is setting. Their strife grew
Till the sunset, and ended, says our guide.
It lacked the chord by stage-use sanctified,
Yet I believe one should have thrilled. For me,
I grinned not, and 'twas something;certainly
These held their point, and did not turn but died:
So much is very well. Under each span
Of these ploughed fields ('tis the guide still) there rot
Three nations' slain, a thousand-thousandfold.
Am I to weep? Good sirs, the earth is old:
Of the whole earth there is no single spot
But hath among its dust the dust of man. 



Dante Gabriel Rossetti


Dante Gabriel Rossetti's other poems:
  1. The House of Life. Sonnet 39. Sleepless Dreams
  2. The House of Life. Sonnet 3. Love's Testament
  3. The House of Life. Sonnet 21. Love-Sweetness
  4. The House of Life. Sonnet 72. The Choice - 2
  5. The House of Life. Sonnet 20. Gracious Moonlight


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