The Ingoldsby Legends, by Thomas Ingoldsby

Epigram.

Brave L — so says a knight of the pen,

‘Has exposed himself much at the head of his men,’

As his men ran away without waiting to fight,

To expose himself there’s to be first in the flight.

Had it not been as well, when he saw his men quail,

To have stayed and exposed himself more at their tail?

Or say, is it fair, in this noblest of quarrels,

To suffer the chief to engross all the laurels?

No! his men, so the muse to all Europe shall sing,

Have exposed themselves fully as much as their king.

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