The Midwife of change

Some things seem repeated themes in history.  Bede in his History tells the story of the British King Vortigern who hired mercenaries to do his fighting for him.  They won his wars then they turned on him and he lost his kingdom.  I guess the moral of this tale is fight your own fights.
The idea of war as a midwife I got from Capital by Karl Marx

 

The Midwife at the birth of change

“This land so pregnant here with change
Once then faced the starkest strife;
The birth of change is not so strange,
Where wars act as midwife!

The Picts would rally and rage down,
The Irish too would raid;
Then plague would empty many a town
As trade and wealth decayed.

One tyrant felt he could hold sway
With troops he got for hire.
These men they gained much more than pay;
That tyrant felt their ire.

For once they’d put the Picts to flight
And drove the Scotti out;
The hirer, then, he felt their might,
That tyrant faced his rout.

Why risk your life to fight for pay
When you may gain much more.
The ways of old have had their day
These lands would now know war.

New powers would be slow to rise
Like tides things ebb and flow.
They fall from Grace who are not wise,
Proud hearts should know true woe.

The roots of trees may slowly spread
And topple any wall.
Ah, Pride, it has been often said
May cause the great to fall!

This land so pregnant here with change
Had then faced such deadly strife;
The birth of change is not so strange,
Where war acts as midwife!”

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