Battle Of Corruna Poem by William Lisle Bowles

Battle Of Corruna

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The tide of fate rolls on!--heart-pierced and pale,
The gallant soldier lies, nor aught avail,
The shield, the sword, the spirit of the brave,
From rapine's armed hand thy vales to save,
Land of illustrious heroes, who, of yore,
Drenched the same plains with the invader's gore,
Stood frowning, in the front of death, and hurled
Defiance to the conquerors of the world!
Oh, when we hear the agonising tale
Of those who, faint, and fugitive, and pale,
Saw hourly, harassed through their long retreat,
Some worn companion sinking at their feet,
Yet even in danger and from toil more bold,
Back on their gathering foes the tide of battle rolled;--
While tears of pity mingle with applause,
On the dread scene in silence let us pause;
Yes, pause, and ask, Is not thy awful hand
Stretched out, O God, o'er a devoted land,
Whose vales of beauty Nature spread in vain,
Where misery moaned on the uncultured plain,
Where Bigotry went by with jealous scowl,
Where Superstition muttered in his cowl;
Whilst o'er the Inquisition's dismal holds,
Its horrid banner waved in bleeding folds!
And dost thou thus, Lord of all might, fulfil
With wreck and tempests thy eternal will,
Shatter the arms in which weak kingdoms trust,
And strew their scattered ensigns in the dust?
Oh, if no human wisdom may withstand
The terrors, Lord, of thy uplifted hand;
If the dark tide no prowess can control,
Yet nearer, charged with dread commission, roll;
Still may my country's ark majestic ride,
Though sole, yet safe, on the conflicting tide;
Till hushed be the wild rocking of the blast,
And the red storm of death be overpast!

Sylvia Frances Chan 20 December 2022

He is remembered for his long public argument with Byron, known as the 'Pope-Bowles controversy', in which Byron, along with others like Thomas Campbell, ardently defended Pope's greatness and true rank among poets. Best wishes from Sylvia Frances Chan, Dutch Poetess

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Sylvia Frances Chan 20 December 2022

Congratulations being chosen as The Classic Poem Of The Day. A piece from his Bio I cite here: Though his first work was well received by the early romantic poets, most of his work is no longer read.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 22 May 2020

" the red storm of death be overpast" ! " Apt picture of war scenes. A well deserved classic poem of the day.

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Edward Kofi Louis 22 May 2020

Tide, ride, slide, aside! Inside and outside; With the red storm of death! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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