There are some old songs from the time of the revolutionary war. The victorious colonists took “Yankee Doodle” as their theme song, but when Cornwallis’ army was marched out of Yorktown in defeat, the fifes played “The World Turn’d Upside Down.” This is how it goes:
If buttercups buzzed after the bee,
If boats were on land, churches on sea,
If ponies rode men and the grass ate the cows,
Then cats should be chased into holes by the mouse … (Luther 39-40)
You get the idea. The underfunded, undertrained, outnumbered Americans had managed (with a great deal of . . .
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