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Thomas Hardy (1840–1928).  Wessex Poems and Other Verses.  1898.
 
18. The Sergeant’s Song
 
 
WHEN Lawyers strive to heal a breach,
And Parsons practise what they preach;
Then Little Boney he’ll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!
    Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lorum,        5
    Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay!
 
When Justices hold equal scales,
And Rogues are only found in jails;
Then Little Boney he’ll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!        10
    Rollicum-rorum, etc.
 
When Rich Men find their wealth a curse,
And fill therewith the Poor Man’s purse;
Then Little Boney he’ll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!        15
    Rollicum-rorum, etc.
 
When Husbands with their Wives agree,
And Maids won’t wed from modesty;
Then Little Boney he’ll pounce down,
And march his men on London town!        20
    Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lorum,
    Rollicum-rorum, tol-lol-lay!

1878. Published in “The Trumpet-Major,” 1880.
 

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