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England: An Ode.

In the,second number of the new series of the, "United Service Magazine" for May, is, a fine poem by Mr Swinburne, from which we give the following stanzas :

Far and near from the swan's nest here the storm-birds bred of her fair white breast

Sons whose home was the sea wave's foam, have borne the fame of her east east and wast :;:•';

North and, south has the storm wind's mouth rung praise of England and England's quest.

Fame, wherever her flag flew, never for--1 bore: to fly with an equal wing; France and Spain with their warrior train bowed down before her as thrall to king ; India knelt at, her feet, and felt her sway more fruitful of life than spring.

All the terror of time, where error and fear were lords of a world of slaves, Age on age in resurgent rage and anguish • ' '% darkening as waves on waves, Fell or fled from a face that shed such grace as quickens tho dust of graves. .

Music made,of change and conquest, glory born of evil slain, Stilled the discord, slew the darkness, bade the lights of tempest wane, Where the deathless dawn of England rose i in sign that right should reign.

Mercy, where the tiger wallowed mad and blind with blood and lust, Justice where the jackal July od and fed, and slaves allowed it just, ' Rose as England's light on Asia rose,, and ; j smotefchenvdown to,dust.*' ' ; ■

When the football sounds of England,

where the smile of England shines, Rings the tread and laughs the face of freedom, fair as hope divines Days to be, more brave than ours, and lit by lordier stars, for signs.

All our past acclaims our future J Shakspeare's voice and Nelson's hand,; Milton's faith and Wordsworth's trust in this our chosen and chainless land, Bear us witness ; como tho woi"ld against her, England yet shall stand.

And loud as tho sea's voice thunders applause of the land that is one wifcli the sea

Speaks Time in the ear of the people that never afc heart was not inly free The word of command that assures us of life, if we will but that life shall be ;

If the race that is first of the races of men who behold unshamed the sun , :.' , Stand fast and forget not the sign that is given of the years and the wars that are dono,

Tho tokens that all who are born of it's blood should in heart as in blood be one.

The word of remembrance that lightens us fire from the steeps of tho storm-lit past Bids only tho faith of our fathers endure in us, firm as they held it fast: ; That the glory which was from tho first upon England alone may endure to tho last.

Change darkens and lightens around lier, alternate in hope and in fear to bo : Hope knows not if fear speak truth, nor fear whether hope be not blind as .she: But the sun is in heaven that beholds her immortal, and girdled with life by the sea.

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England: An Ode., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2452, 27 June 1890

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England: An Ode. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2452, 27 June 1890

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