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A Historical Puzzle


Puzzle ID:#39379
Fun:*** (3.01)
Difficulty:*** (2.81)
Submitted By:aresII*us******




The following lines were written by Arthur Connor, a prominent figure in the Irish Rebellion of 1798. He was arrested and wrote the verses while in prison. He made his escape to France in 1807, where he became a general in the army, and died at age 87.

"The pomps of Courts and pride of kings
I prize above all earthly things;
I love my country, but the king,
Above all men, his praise I sing.
The Royal banners are displayed,
And may success the standard aid."

"I fain would banish far from hence.
The 'Rights of Man' and 'Common Sense'
Confusion to his odious reign,
That foe to princes, Thomas Paine.
Defeat and ruin seize the cause.
Of France, its liberties and laws."

These two apparently loyal verses, if properly read, show a very different meaning. Can you discover it?

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Nov 26, 2007

Hmm, got me thinkin
Nov 26, 2007

Hmm, got me thinkin
Nov 28, 2007

Those verses are amazing!
Nov 28, 2007

Very good teaser! Great lesson!
Nov 28, 2007

I don't really get it.
Someone care to explain???
Nov 29, 2007

Wow, that one was great! I love history.
Nov 29, 2007

Such a brilliant quiz. Was the poem originally set out to conceal the true message of anti-royal sentiments? I'd be interested to know. Wonderful quiz though.
Dec 02, 2007

That was a good one! I liked it.
Dec 03, 2007

I liked this one!
Dec 06, 2007

i kind of got treason/liberty deal when reading it overall tricky
Dec 10, 2007

Wow, that was awesome, I didn't get it, but it was very interesting to read once I looked at the answer.
Jan 01, 2008

At first, I thought the banishing common sense bit was the bad part, and it was just in the way you read them. YOurs is better tho! Extra points to you!
Jan 23, 2008

Awesome!!! That is really great! ...unfortunately it went completely over my head, though usually these things are the ones I can get...I blame the late hour!
Mar 10, 2008

Two thumbs up!
May 27, 2008

Three thumbs up!

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