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"For God! For The Cause! For The Church! For The Laws!"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: This first of Macaulay's two "Songs of the Civil War" (The English, not the American Civil War), was supposedly written by a sergeant in the regiment of Henry Ireton (1611-1651), a general in the Puritan revolution. On June 14, 1645, the Parliamentarians under Fairfax and Cromwell defeated the Royalists under Charles I and his nephew Prince Rupert, born in Germany, at the decisive Battle of Naseby, in Northamptonshire, England. Macaulay's swinging lines, so effective in recreating ancient Rome, are just as stirring when he writes about battles and events in the history of his own land. In this poem, the sergeant describes the enemy under King Charles, "the man of blood with his long...

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