Ode to a Siege Engine 2019

To mark the occasion of Gloucester Day 2019 (which took place on Saturday 7th September 2019), Discover DeCrypt would like to share this short ode composed by our churchwarden Peter. He says:

To refer to this event as a home-coming after a sojourn at Brunswick Baptist church is a little shy of the mark, for this place we forsook last year is now transformed into one that celebrates, even more than ever, its rich history of events and characters so typical of Gloucester and its people. Recognition of characters, A&M, has some part in this year’s ode.


Gloucester Day gives us cause again to portray

Our pride in a city used to all kinds of work and play.

With great demands on councillors, sheriffs and mayors,

Not to mention us mere mortals, known generally as ‘tax-payers’,

A community with more than its fair share of people of endeavour,

Hosts, too, to a 3 Choirs Festival deemed “The best ever”.

Worthy of mention is that noble Town Cryer Alan Myatt,

Whose voice cannot be described even remotely as ‘quiet’,

Who, like Colonel Massey, that Civil War leader of fame,

Has brought people together in defence of the city’s good name,

But who, unlike that selfsame Massey,

Would never be able to escape from a gaol by climbing up through a chimney.

(Look it up; it is true!)

Now let us remember again today that pivotal moment even louder,

When, down to the last dregs of energy and gunpowder,

That vaunted siege engine freshly set upon the city wall

Shuddered, tipped, leaned, then collapsed with a mighty fall,

And thus gave rise to our annual chance to rehearse

Our celebration of its fate in this whimsical verse:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men

Could not put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Forty surgeons and forty knights

Could not put Humpty Dumpty to rights

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

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