They held a meeting and they said
They could no longer tolerate
His portrait peering down while they were fed
With college food and facts that led to hate;
Quite frankly, there’d be no debate –
And as to motive, there would be no mystery;
They wouldn’t burn it, but they’d put it in a crate;
Because he was a blot on history.

Next came his statue, and a guy named Ned
Demanded that it meet a similar fate –
That it must fall – at the very least, must lose its head;
For though his sins are somewhat out of date,
They should be made to fall upon his marble pate;
With acid they should render it all blistery
And then attempt to stick it on the gate;
And strike a blow for history.

In England, where he was born and bred,
The people cheered him, gave his opinions weight;
But there’s no way of knowing where it might have led,
And if the modern youth should hear him prate –
De-pedestal him before it gets too late!
Though in his ignorance he acted blissfully,
His memory we will berate;
He should have known his future history.

Envoy

Prince, you are far from Red,
But like a Cardinal you’d join in a consistory
Of student radicals if it would help you keep your head;
Because if not, you would be history.

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