But General Stewart ordered his men forward in square,
All of them on foot, ready to die and to dare;
And he forced the enemy to engage in the fray,
But in a short time they were glad to run away.
But not before
they penetrated through the British square,
Which was a critical moment to the British, I declare,
Owing to the great number of the Arabs,
Who rushed against their bayonets and received fearful stabs.
Well I never knew McGonagall did battle poetry and vaguely topical battle poetry at that. I am duly inspired:
So the French all went to Mali on the orders of Monseur Le President Hollande
To chase away the Islamists or at least that was the stated plan
And Mr Cameron provided a plane for them as all the world does know
And they filled it up with legionnaires but sadly it refused to go
The tricky thing with doing MacGonagall parodies is making sure that the lines don’t accidentally scan.