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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
England: Vols. I–IV. 1876–79.


For a Monument at Taunton

By Robert Southey (1774–1843)

THEY suffered here whom Jeffreys doomed to death

In mockery of all justice, when the judge

Unjust, subservient to a cruel king,

Performed his work of blood. They suffered here,

The victims of that judge and of that king;

In mockery of all justice, here they bled,

Unheard. But not unpitied, nor of God

Unseen, the innocent suffered; not unheard

The innocent blood cried vengeance; for at length

The indignant nation in its power arose,

Resistless. Then that wicked judge took flight,

Disguised in vain: not always is the Lord

Slow to revenge. A miserable man,

He fell beneath the people’s rage, and still

The children curse his memory. From the throne

The obdurate bigot who commissioned him,

Inhuman James, was driven. He lived to drag

Long years of frustrate hope; he lived to load

More blood upon his soul. Let tell the Boyne,

Let Londonderry tell, his guilt and shame;

And that immortal day when on thy shores,

La Hogue, the purple ocean dashed the dead!