To call upon a neighbour and to say:
"We invaded you last night,
Unless you pay us cash to go away."
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!
To puff and look important and to say,
"Though we know we should defeat you,
We will therefore pay you cash to go away."
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
For fear they should succumb and go astray,
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:
No matter how trifling the cost,
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!"