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Poem by Alfred Tennyson


Hands All Round


First pledge our Queen this solemn night,
Then drink to England, every guest;
That mans the best Cosmopolite
Who loves his native country best.
May freedoms oak for ever live
With stronger life from day to day;
That mans the true Conservative
Who lops the moulderd branch away.
Hands all round!
God the traitors hope confound!
To this great cause of Freedom drink, my friends,
And the great name of England, round and round.

To all the loyal hearts who long
To keep our English Empire whole!
To all our noble sons, the strong
New England of the Southern Pole!
To England under Indian skies,
To those dark millions of her realm!
To Canada whom we love and prize,
Whatever statesman hold the helm.
Hands all round!
God the traitors hope confound!
To this great name of England drink, my friends,
And all her glorious empire, round and round.

To all our statesmen so they be
True leaders of the lands desire!
To both our Houses, may they see
Beyond the borough and the shire!
We saild wherever ship could sail,
We founded many a mighty state;
Pray God our greatness may not fail
Thro craven fears of being great.
Hands all round!
God the traitors hope confound!
To this great cause of Freedom drink my friends,
And the great name of England, round and round. 



Alfred Tennyson


Alfred Tennyson's other poems:
  1. To The Rev. F. D. Maurice
  2. Demeter and Persephone
  3. The Letters
  4. Recollection of the Arabian Nights
  5. The War


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