In what poem is the phrase "for the want of a nail" found?

It had to do with a messenger not delivering a message that would have won a battle or a war. If you can do a cut and paste with reference, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks!

Update:

Looks like Ben Franklin penned it. Thanks though! I knew it was out there somewhere.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Ben Franklin did not pen it but he did quote it.

    I haven't read the other answers yet so I will post the lyrics to make sure we are on the same page:

    For want of a nail, the shoe 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 battle was lost;

    For want of the battle, the kingdom was lost;

    And all for the want of a horseshoe nail

    This is actually a nursery rhyme--a specific type of poetry and was most likely penned by John Gower.

    "The earliest known written version of the rhyme is in John Gower's " Confesio Amantis dated approximately 1390."

    For more info you can to:

    http://www.rhymes.org.uk/for_want_of_a_nail.htm

    Hope this helps :0)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For want of a nail the shoe was lost.

    For want of a shoe the horse was lost.

    For want of a horse the rider was lost.

    For want of a rider the battle was lost.

    For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.

    And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

    Benjamin Franklin included a version of the rhyme in his Poor Richard's Almanack when America and England were on opposite sides.

    During World War II, this verse was framed and hung on the wall of the Anglo-American Supply Headquarters in London, England.

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  • 1 decade ago

    that's "For Want of a Nail" by Robert Jolles Hope this helps..

    http://www.testearly.com/2007/08/07/for-want-of-a-...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    For want of a nail I couldn't hang my diploma on the wall, so I drank beer instead.

    The end.

    CB

  • 1 decade ago

    For want of a nail,

    the shoe was lost,

    for want of a shoe,

    the horse was lost,

    for want of a horse,

    the rider was lost,

    for want of a rider,

    the message was lost,

    for want of the message,

    the battle was lost

    for want of the battle,

    the kingdom was lost,

    and all for the want

    of a horse-shoe nail.

    http://www.grandpasgeneral.com/mystlog/article.php...

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