ON A PORTRAIT OF THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON UPON THE FIELD OF
WATERLOO, BY HAYDON
This was composed while I was ascending Helvellyn in company
with my daughter and her husband. She was on horseback and rode to
the top of the hill without once dismounting, a feat which it was
scarcely possible to perform except during a season of dry
weather; and a guide, with whom we fell in on the mountain, told
us he believed it had never been accomplished before by any one.
BY Art's bold privilege Warrior and War-horse stand
On ground yet strewn with their last battle's wreck;
Let the Steed glory while his Master's hand
Lies fixed for ages on his conscious neck;
But by the Chieftain's look, though at his side
Hangs that day's treasured sword, how firm a check
Is given to triumph and all human pride!
Yon trophied Mound shrinks to a shadowy speck
In his calm presence! Him the mighty deed
Elates not, brought far nearer the grave's rest,
As shows that time-worn face, for he such seed
Has sown as yields, we trust, the fruit of fame
In Heaven; hence no one blushes for thy name,
Conqueror, 'mid some sad thoughts, divinely blest!