1812.6 - "Epigram"

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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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1812.6
Epigram
Anon
The Gentleman's Magazine, LXXXII (November, 1812), p. 472

Don Joseph and Marmont[1] were fill'd with desires,
To place my Lord Wellington 'twixt their two fires;
But after much wonderful racket and rout,
When his Lordship appear'd, both their fires went out.
No Artillery roar'd, thro' their lines not a puff:
Yet, though cannon was silent, King Joseph went off.


Notes

1. 0n July 22, 1812 Wellington defeated the French under Auguste Marmont at Salamanca, Spain. Joseph Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon, had to abandon Madrid and his throne on August 12.

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