Brewer's: Blenheim House
(Oxfordshire). The house given by the nation to the Duke of Marlborough, for his victory over the French at Blenheim, in Bavaria, in the reign of Queen Anne (1704).
When Europe freed confessed the saving power Of Marlborough's hand, Britain. who sent him forth, Chief of confederate hosts, to fight the cause Of liberty and justice, grateful raised This palace, sacred to the leader's fame.
The body-snatchers, they have come, And made a snatch at me; `Tis very hard them kind of men Won't let a body be. The cock it crows- I must be gone- My William, we must part; But I'll be yours in death although Sir Astley has my heart.
Hood: Mary's Ghost.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894