EPITAPH ON AN ARMY OF MERCENARIES
by: A.E. Housman (1860-1936)
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- HESE, in
the day when heaven was falling,
- The hour when earth's foundations fled,
- Follow'd their mercenary calling
- And took their wages and are dead.
- Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
- They stood, and earth's foundations stay;
- What God abandon'd, these defended,
- And saved the sum of things for pay.