EBook of A Humorous History of England, by C. Harrison http://freepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~wakefield/history/26388-h/26388-h.htm
Прелестно, в стишках и с картинками
Про нашу эпоху вот так:
Charles the Second’s age
Woman first acted on the stage;
The King encouraged much this vogue
He was a pleasure seeking rogue.
‘He never said a foolish thing,
Nor did a wise one’; this the King
Countered with ‘My words my own
My acts my ministers’ alone’;
In sixteen-six-two year of grace,
Charles taxed every fire-place;
And citizens who couldn’t pay
Shivered and grumbled as to-day.
These were the times of Musketeers
And proud and dashing Cavaliers;
When words were few and tempers hot
And duels fought out on the spot.
THE tinker preacher Bunyan wrote
The ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ we still quote,
The prison bars no barrier wrought
To lowly Bunyan’s lofty thought.
In stately language Milton’s muse
The Bible story doth diffuse;
From ‘Paradise Lost’ we get our view
Of Adam and Eve and Satan too.
The Reverend Titus Oates, a scamp,
Egregious Popish plots did vamp,
Lied roundly for dishonest gains,
Got Cat-o’-nine-tails for his pains.
The ‘Habeas Corpus’ best of laws
Shields us from prison without cause;
’Twas passed in sixteen-seventy-nine,
And means ‘Produce him here,’ in fine.
Admiral Van Tromp, Dutchman bold,
With broom at masthead, so ’tis told,
The Channel sailed, suggesting he’s
Swept all the English from the seas.
But Blake laughed loud and spread his sails
Nought the Dutchman now avails;
For he got an awful shocker
Right to Davy Jones’ locker.
But though the Dutch failed to invade,
They were not disinclined to trade;
So we get ‘Hollands,’ cheese and hams
Fresh from the land of Dykes and Dams.
For fifteen years these Navies fought,
’Till sixteen-six-seven respite brought;
The Peace of Breda then succeeded;
New York to England was conceded.
In sixty-five the Plague appears
And then the Fire; two awful years
For London—And if more you’d know
Consult the Pages of Defoe.