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What have the bloody Romans done for us?
And don’t dare say the roads and aqueducts.
Don’t cite the sanitation – make no fuss
About their Roman law – I think it sucks.
And sure we’ve better health and full stomachs;
Our fortunes increase and we all grow fat,
But we owe nothing to those Roman schmucks.
The Roman Peace! – I knew you’d mention that!
So what if they have peace-making down pat!
What have they done for us? I’d like to know!
Oh irrigation? – sure, they’re quite good at
Making the desert bloom – we now can grow
Such bumper crops. But answer me you clot!
What do we owe the Romans?…Well…a lot.