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Francis T. Palgrave, ed. (1824–1897). The Golden Treasury.  1875.
 
T. Campbell
 
CCVI. "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. 
With 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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