I’ve posted this before, but it is a great read every year!
[Just noticed 10 days later that I put 1006 in the title instead of 1066! Whoops. Fixed.]
William the Conqueror, 1066,
Said to his captains, 'I mean to affix
England to Normandy. Go out and borrow
Some bows and some arrows, we're starting tomorrow!'
So William went conquering hither and thither
'Til Angles and Saxons were all of a dither
He conquered so quickly you couldn't keep count
Of the counties he conquered, I think they amount
To ten, or a doxen, or even a score,
And I haven't a doubt he'd have conquered some more,
SO FULL AND SO PROUD OF HIS CONQUERING TRICKS
WAS WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, 1066.
But death put an end to the tactics, thank Heaven,
Of William the Conqueror, 1087.