Thomas Campbell

Thomas Campbell

July 27, 1777 - June 15, 1844


Song Of Hybrias The Cretan

by Thomas Campbell

My wealth's a burly spear and brand,
And a right good shield of hides untann'd,
Which on my arm I buckle:
With these I plough, I reap, I sow,
With these I make the sweet vintage flow,
And all around me truckle.

But your wights that take no pride to wield
A massy spear and well-made shield,
Nor joy to draw the sword:
Oh, I bring those heartless, hapless drones,
Down in a trice on their marrow-bones,
To call me King and Lord.


The Poetical Works Of Thomas Campbell
Copyright 1866
Little, Brown, And Company, Boston