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SONNETS OF MANHOOD: 28. WATERLOO, by            
First Line: A stormy evening on a far-stretched plain
Last Line: Wavered,—and turned,—and the whole world's conquerors fled!
Subject(s): Waterloo; Battle Of Waterloo


A stormy evening on a far-stretched plain
Of meadow-land and corn-land,—and a host
Of stubborn red-coats holding every post
Against the interminable cannon-rain.
Oh, to live through that deathless day again!
The day when the Old Guard he valued most,
Napoleon,—found their world-wide fierce-lipped boast,
Valid a thousand times, this one time vain.

The blue long lines in motion, and the red
Long line as steady as a wall of stone!—
The Old Guard, whose bearskins through all Europe sped,
Swept in response to their pale Leader's tone
Against the red calm ranks;—then with a groan
Wavered,—and turned,—and the whole world's conquerors fled!





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