Mary Anne Clarke, 1776-1852: Let A Woman In Your Life

Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down.

The duke in question was possibly Frederick, second son of George the Third  (1763–1827), and rather a good man to have on hand if you were a soldier.  He was responsible for the administrative overhaul of the British Army that was instrumental in defeating Napoleon on the Spanish Peninsula and Waterloo.

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