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 Henry Alford (1810–1871)

THEY stood upon these plains, and side by side

Did battle for the world, too long enthralled

To the universal tyrant; one was called,

And one was left to cross the homeward tide:

Both in their glory, as in arms allied:

But the loud voice of fame is hushed asleep,

Their sires are gone, no more their widows weep,

Their orphan sons forget them in their pride.

Yet deem not that they sold their lives for naught:

Who, that hath springing in his breast the fount

Of self-devoting love, the cost would count,

So might he in those favored ranks have fought,

Increasing by his single strength’s amount

That blessed victory for freedom wrought?