Ornate and Renaissance in style
The “King's House” or “Bread Hall” awhile
Reborn in 19th century guise
The Brussels banner proudly flies.
Wrought-iron railings, studded door
Three floors of history to explore:
Tapestries, altarpieces, art
Statues and sculptures all take part.
Outstanding culture you will find
Skilled craftsmanship world class defined!
Up lofty stairs, stained glass in frames
The power of Charles the Fifth proclaims.
Scale model of the sleepy Senne
Prone to flooding now and then
With Ducal palace on the rise
The Grand'Place grows before our eyes.
A canal brings impetus to trade
A fortress built – Spain is afraid
Of Louis the Fourteenth who attacks
The city's heart - but it strikes back!
Peace, prosperity and parks at last
Neoclassic buildings spring up fast
Advent of industry and rail
Overcrowding - fountains fail.
Health hazard - cholera is found
The river must go underground...
Conduits the fountains now replace
All but one – with cheeky face ...
Manneken-Pis with vast array
Of costumes on top floor display
Stands proudly forth in birthday suit
Symbol of Brussels – pert and cute!
(c) Poet in the woods 2016