Here followeth the direful fate
Of Burgoyne and his army great,
Who so proudly did display
The terrors of despotic sway.
His power and pride and many threats
Have been brought low by fort’nate Gates,
To bend to the United States.
Of Burgoyne’s legions’ whole amount,
Who came across the northern lakes
To desolate our happy States.
Their brass cannon we have got all.
Fifty-six—both great and small
And ten thousand stand of arms.
To prevent all future harms :
Stores and implements complete.
Of workmanship exceeding neat
Covered wagons in great plenty,
And proper harness, no ways scanty.
Among our prisoners there are
Six generals of fame most rare ;
Six members of their parliament
Reluctantly they seem content
Three British lords, and Lord Balcarras
Who came our country free to harass.
From BALLADS AND POEMS RELATING TO THE BURGOYNE CAMPAIGN ANNOTATED B WILLIAM L. STONE, ALBANY, N. Y. JOEL MUNSELL’S SONS 1893
This poem is a work of historical poetry that is over 120 years old. It is not historic fact. Our historical understanding of the battles has evolved over the past 120 years. In writing a historical poem, poets have a slightly different responsibility than do historians. A modern historian is expected to present factually correct narratives. A poet who writes historical poems can adhere to this ideal, but may also use artistic license to communicate ideas beyond mere fact, such as mythical or emotional truths. Please enjoy this for what it is.