The Great War

from Retrogression and Other Poems: Electronic Edition

Thomas Hood

No courtier this, and nought to courts he


Fawned not on thrones, hymned not the

great and callous,

Yet, in one strain, that few remember, showed

He had the password to King Oberon's


And seeing a London seamstress's grey fate,

He of a human heartstring made a thread,

And stitched him such a royal robe of


That Eastern Kings are poorlier habited.

He saw wan Woman toil with famished eyes;

He saw her bound, and strove to sing her


He saw her fall'n , and wrote "The Bridge of


And on it crossed to immortality.