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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Thomas Campbell. 1774–1844
  
580. Ye Mariners of England
  
YE Mariners of England 
  That guard our native seas! 
Whose flag has braved a thousand years 
  The battle and the breeze! 
Your glorious standard launch again         5
  To match another foe; 
And sweep through the deep, 
  While the stormy winds do blow! 
While the battle rages loud and long 
  And the stormy winds do blow.  10
 
The spirits of your fathers 
  Shall start from every wave— 
For the deck it was their field of fame, 
  And Ocean was their grave: 
Where Blake and mighty Nelson fell  15
  Your manly hearts shall glow, 
As ye sweep through the deep, 
  While the stormy winds do blow! 
While the battle rages loud and long 
  And the stormy winds do blow.  20
 
Britannia needs no bulwarks, 
  No towers along the steep; 
Her march is o'er the mountain-waves, 
  Her home is on the deep. 
The thunders from her native oak  25
  She quells the floods below, 
As they roar on the shore, 
  When the stormy winds do blow! 
When the battle rages loud and long, 
  And the stormy winds do blow.  30
 
The meteor flag of England 
  Shall yet terrific burn; 
Till danger's troubled night depart 
  And the star of peace return. 
Then, then, ye ocean-warriors!  35
  Our song and feast shall flow 
To the fame of your name, 
  When the storm has ceased to blow! 
When the fiery fight is heard no more, 
  And the storm has ceased to blow.  40
 
 
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