Saturday, January 30, 2010

The contents of a box 3; The British Grenadiers


My English Language teaching business cards. These are left all over the place to get private students.

From a distance they look a little like Warhol's famous soup cans.

Here they can be seen in formation, ready to march conquer Santa Catarina. I hear the rousing song of the British Grenadiers!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsW4FoRzhQw

Some talk of Alexander, and some of Hercules
Of Hector and Lysander, and such great names as these.
But of all the world's brave heroes, there's none that can compare.
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, to the British Grenadiers.

Whene'er we are commanded to storm the palisades,
Our leaders march with fusees, and we with hand grenades.
We throw them from the glacis, about the enemies' ears.
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, to the British Grenadiers.

Then let us fill a bumper, and drink a health of those
Who carry caps and pouches, and wear the loupèd clothes*.
May they and their commanders live happy all their years.
With a tow, row, row, row, row, row, to the British Grenadiers.


I particularly like, "we throw them from the glacis, about the enemies' ears".

*I cannot understand what "loupèd clothes" are, though "loup" derives from the French for wolf, which suggests clothes made of wolfskin, perhaps?

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