[Skip Navigation]

Plagiarist Poetry Sites: Plagiarist.com | Poetry X | Poetry Discussion Forums | Open Poetry Project | Joycean.org
Enter our Poetry Contest
Win Cash and Publication!

Plagiarist.com Archive

Read more poems by Robert Service: Robert Service Poems at Poetry X.

More poems by Robert ServiceRobert Service | Print this page.Print | View and Write CommentsComments | Books by Robert ServiceBooks by Robert Service

Marie Antoinette

Robert Service

They told to Marie Antoinette:
      "The beggers at your gate
Have eyes too sad for tears to wet,
      And for your pity wait."
But Marie only laughed and said:
      "My heart they will not ache:
If people starve for want of bread
                  Let them eat cake."
The Court re-echoed her bon mot;
      It rang around the land,
Till masses wakened from their woe
      With scyth and pick in hand.
It took a careless, callous phrase
      To rouse the folk forlorn:
A million roared the Marseillaise:
                  Freedom was born.

And so to Marie Antoinette
      Let's pay a tribute due;
Humanity owes her a debt,
      (Ironical, it's true).
She sparked world revolution red,
      And as with glee they bore
Upon a pike her lovely head
                  --Her curls dripped gore.

Added: 25 Mar 2002 | Last Read: 21 Jan 2019 3:45 PM | Viewed: 5549 times

A PoetryNotes™ Analysis of Marie Antoinette by Robert Service, is Available!

A PoetryNotes™ eBook is available for this poem for delivery within 24 hours, and usually available within minutes during normal business hours.

ON SALE - only $29.95 19.95!

For more information...

URL: http://plagiarist.com/poetry/4077/ | Viewed on 21 January 2019.
Copyright ©2019 Plagiarist - All rights reserved.