Canto Ix heresy 1
- The ninth canto begins with verses addressed to Villainton or
wellington for the French could not even do so much as pronounce and
spell his name- but punned it down to Villainton..
Glory like yours should any gainsay
Humanity would rise and thunder 'Nay" ---- or should that be Ney?
Wellington, the narrator says, repaired legitimacy's crutch and
I shall be delighted to learn who,
Save you and yours, gain'd by Waterloo?
This is a most heretical position to take. If The poet had not been in
voluntary exile already he might well have been run out of the country
for that sentiment.
Even I, a twentieth century american find it a bit surprising to see
such an opinion of Waterloo. it is contrary to the way we have been
taught to look at the battle. Could he mean that it would have been
better if Napoleon had won?