The Great War

from Songs & Sonnets for England in War Time, an electronic edition


(The Latest School)

See the flying French depart

Like the bees of Bonaparte,

Swarming up with a most venomous vitality.

Over Baden and Bavaria,

And Brighton and Bulgaria,

Thus violating Belgian neutrality.

And the injured Prussian may

Not unreasonably say

"Why, it cannot be so small a nationality!

Since Brixton and Batavia,

Bolivia and Belgravia,

Are bursting with the Belgian neutrality."

Beluchistan and Bonn,

Braemar and Babylon

All feel the French offence against legality,

And Boston and Bilbao

And Bucks and Bulawayo

Will perish for their Belgian neutrality.

By pure Alliteration

You may trace this curious nation,

And respect this somewhat scattered principality;

When you see a B in Both

You may take your Bible oath

You are violating Belgian neutrality.

New Witness, August 13, 1914


[French airmen have been flying over Baden and Bavaria, violating Belgian neutrality. -- Stated, on German authority, in "Westminster Gazette."]