, deeds reciting
Sad to hear and sad to tell
How, at Roncesvalles fighting,
Charles choicest warriors fell60
MatthewLewis is best known for his Gothic novel, The Monk, which
was first published to great success in 1796.
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‘Rise Britons, rise now from your slumber’ 53
The combination of rhetorical question and imperative renders this
a forceful and passionate poem intent on rousing the people to fight for
freedom rather than a ‘glorious doom’.
BRITONS, from this fatal slumber,
Rouse, your country succour craves