Sonnet 24: “My Kingdom for a Horse!”

O divided House of Plantagenet—
York against Lancaster; martial roses,
White versus red: civil war, banishment,
Usurpation! Death till Death reposes!
Succession ambition ruled the canted
Contender, ape-squared The Prince, of suspect
Claim to the Albion throne: his planted
Axiom—‘G’—wrought murderous affect.
A regicidal villain woos to wife
The vexed widow he created; a rude
Ruse, doth wed again for gain—authors strife
For next-in-line nephews: towered ere slewed.
Enthroned! Rivals battle: Lord loses reins—
“My kingdom for a horse! “…Tudor rose reigns!

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