Julia Augusta Maynard: “The Battle of Lodi”
Excerpt, “A Metrical History of the Life and Times of Napoleon Bonaparte: A Collection of Poems and Songs. Many from Obscure and Anonymous Sources, Selected and Arranged with Introductory Notes and Connective Narrative.” William J. Hillis. 1896.
The Battle of Lodi
10 May, 1796
THE BATTLE OF LODI
The signals giv’n! Impatient neigh
The snorting chargers at the cry
Which calls proud Austria forth today,
To “charge with all her chivalry.”
Hark to the deep and muffled drum!
Announcing death so near at hand;
The foe! The foe! They onward come;
May heaven uphold the Austrian band!
Mark ye, the eagle standards wave
Above the torrent’s crimson tide!
Oh! Mark ye how for glory’s grave
Those gallant horsemen forward ride!
Two despots meet; the one by right
Defends what ages make his own;
The other, in the pride of might,
Stands forth all-conquering and alone.
This last, upon the battle-field,
With eye which beams with living fire,
Arm’d with a dread and puissant shield,
Defies the German’s wildest ire.
Yon bridge, where slaughter yet unsafe,
Still revels in its gory bed,
Groans now beneath the growing weight
Of living—dying—and of dead.
’T is over! And France foredoom’d to sway
Where’er her flashing eagle shone,
Hears the proud victor named that day
In victory’s shout—“Napoleon!”