— Archer — And Pam’s Lord Byron Back Tattoo

Recently, I’ve found the TV show ARCHER.  One of the best moments is from Season 2 Episode 10, El Secueustro. It is hilarious! But that’s not the point here.  There was one particular scene when it is discovered that Pam used to get into unlicensed fights to make extra money on the side.  Well yada, yada, yada, at the end of the episode she is angry and whips off her shirt and you see that she has a back tattoo.   She’s got 13 checks, for the men she’s killed, but What does the tattoo say?  One of the best poems ever:

It’s the third stanza from a poem written by Lord Byron entitled  The Destruction of Sennacherib.  The full poem is pretty brilliant and goes like this:

The Assyrian came down like the wolf on the fold,
And his cohorts were gleaming in purple and gold;
And the sheen of their spears was like stars on the sea,
When the blue wave rolls nightly on deep Galilee.
Like the leaves of the forest when Summer is green,
That host with their banners at sunset were seen:
Like the leaves of the forest when Autumn hath blown,
That host on the morrow lay withered and strown.
For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast,
And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed;
And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill,
And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!
And there lay the steed with his nostril all wide,
But through it there rolled not the breath of his pride;
And the foam of his gasping lay white on the turf,
And cold as the spray of the rock-beating surf.
And there lay the rider distorted and pale,
With the dew on his brow, and the rust on his mail:
And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,
The lances unlifted, the trumpet unblown.
And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,
And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;
And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,
Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!
All I need is to write a poem just like that.  Lord Byron (not his real name by the way) was brilliant… and one could totally see that quote on a fighters back in real life.

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