NAILS


 

 

For want¹ of a nail—the shoe² was lost.

 

For want of the shoe—the horse was lost.

 

For want of the horse—the rider was lost.

 

For want of the rider—the message was lost.

 

For want of the message—the battle was lost.

 

For want of the battle—the kingdom was lost.

 

          All for the want of a nail.

 

 

 

          NOTES

 

 

1 Centuries old—“want” means “lack of, absence

   of” rather than “desire for.”

2 Forged metal nailed to horse’s hoof. The horse is

   said to be “shod” or “shodden.” The farrier’s action

   is “to shoe a horse.”   


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