The Devoutly Thankful Lover

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant 1864 (Bridgwater, Somerset) – 1902 (Pretoria)



So Nell was married yesterday! -
   Let's fill a bumper mellow,
And drain it to old Hymen's sway -
   And to the lucky fellow.

Time was when 1 was 'gone' on her:
   When each day I'd discover
Fresh charms to make my pulses stir,
   And-fool-like-act the lover.

Her eyes were bright as stars at night,
   Her lips were like to coral,
And Nell was, in her lover's sight,
   As beautiful as moral.

But now with joy we drink his health,
   Whom Nell did most prefer,
And wish him lots of luck and wealth
   Who's lately married her.

I loved - for Nell was fair and tall,
   And sweet as fragrant clover -
But now I love her most of all
   Because - she threw me over.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABAB CCCC DEDE FCFC GCGC
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 652
Words 128
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Harry 'Breaker' Harbord Morant

Harry "Breaker" Harbord Morant (born Edwin Henry Murrant, 9 December 1864 – 27 February 1902) was an Anglo-Australian drover, horseman, bush poet and military officer, who was convicted and executed for murder during the Second Anglo-Boer War. While serving with the Bushveldt Carbineers during the Second Anglo-Boer War, Lieutenant Morant was arrested and court-martialed for war crimes—one of the first such prosecutions in British military history. According to military prosecutors, Morant retaliated for the death in combat of his commanding officer with a series of revenge killings against both Boer POWs and many civilian residents of the Northern Transvaal. more…

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