(Notes by Mary Hamer)
We were one piece - we were all one piece - from the kitchen maid to the throne-The dates 1899-1902 were added when the poem was collected in The Five Nations.
We expected to sow where we had not ploughed and reap where we had not sown,
We relied on convictions that did not convict and impressions that did not impress,
And so we got our licking-we did not deserve much less!