In Sun and Shade: A Book of Verse

by Frederick George Scott


 

THE CROWN OF EMPIRE


 

O England of our Fathers and England of our Sons,
Along the dark horizon line the day-dawn glory runs,
For Empire has been ours of old and Empire ours shall be—
His grip is on the world to-day whose grip is on the sea.

O England of our Fathers and England of our Sons,

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Above the roar of battling hosts, the thunder of the guns,
A Mother’s voice was calling us, we heard it oversea,
The blood which thou didst give us is the blood we spill for thee.

O England of our Fathers and England of our Sons,
Along the dark horizon line the day-dawn glory runs,

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For golden Peace is drawing near, her paths are on the sea,—
He grips the hearts of all mankind who stands for liberty.

St. Jans Capelle, 1915.