Every Tyrant

Every Tyrant like King John
Throws up insubordination
By Monsieur Hood and his merry men

The forests of Albion
Teem with rebellion
And laughter and pain

Under the English paint
Are Romans and Normans
And Scots and Irish and Danes

And Germans Hungarians
Poles Greeks and Iranians
Siamese cats and Maltese falcons

Britain rode the lonely oceans
For gold and spice and dominion
Mixing her blood with princes and minions

From Serendip to West Virginia
From Donegal to Argentina
Jerusalem Babylon and Abyssinia

Britain can escape her European soul
As soon as King Lear
Can throw off the truth of his fool





Roddy McDevitt
Painting Charles Buchel

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