Wednesday, July 7, 2010

In Which I Make A Silly Historical Analogy

Three hundred and ten years ago, one man,
Unlovely, sickly, challenged, royal, died.
And many thought that they had just the plan,
And ere long ev'ry nation chose a side.
'Twas France and Spain against the freer world,
And thirteen years of bloody war ensued,
That ended in a new world order. Hurled
To prominence were many who embued
Such qualities as we admire today
In football. Now, come Sunday, we shall see
Two old belligerents clash in a way
More peaceful, to our pure and utter glee,
As heirs of the Stadtholder and the Kings
Face off upon the pitch. What joy this brings!

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