1806.4 - "The Bull-Dogs"

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British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, by Betty T. Bennet, Edited by Orianne Smith

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1806.4
The Bull-Dogs
“R. H. B.”
The European Magazine, IL (May 1806), p. 375

                  I.

Two Bull dogs once of British blood,
    As ancient authors show,
Within the ring expectant stood,
    Prepar'd to meet their foe.

                 II.

No Bull appearing yet in view,
    Each turn'd upon his brother;
And having nothing else to do,
    E'en growl'd at one another.

                III.

But when confest before their fight
    Their ancient foe drew nigh,
Uniting quick they flew to fight
    The common enemy.
              _____

This Fable has a moral, and no doubt
Each true-born Englishman can find it out.


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September 2004