The Games of Fate

Defeated and humbled, at Waterloo
Traverses Napoleon, and the poet who
Tells in beautiful verse his tale
Is made an instant parvenu

Thus is enlightened for all
The will of Nature, and its gall
To bring fame to a Commoner
By devising a Genius’ fall

The Commoner sits now astride
The throne that Genius was denied
One lived on the adulation of men
The other, in shame and obscurity died

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