Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.
Spain, Portugal, Belgium, and Holland: Vols. XIV–XV. 1876–79.

Belgium: Waterloo


By Thomas Campbell (1777–1844)

WHEN Napoleon was flying

From the field of Waterloo,

A British soldier, dying,

To his brother bade adieu!

“And take,” he said, “this token

To the maid that owns my faith,

With the words that I have spoken

In affection’s latest breath.”

Sore mourned the brother’s heart,

When the youth beside him fell;

But the trumpet warned to part,

And they took a sad farewell.

There was many a friend to lose him,

For that gallant soldier sighed;

But the maiden of his bosom

Wept when all their tears were dried.