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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Heart and Will
 
William James Linton (1812–97)
 
 
OUR 1 England’s heart is sound as oak;
  Our English will is firm;
And through our actions Freedom spoke
  In history’s proudest term:
When Blake was lord from shore to shore,        5
  And Cromwell rul’d the land,
And Milton’s words were shields of power
  To stay the oppressor’s hand.
 
Our England’s heart is yet as sound,
  As firm our English will;        10
And tyrants, be they cowl’d or crown’d,
  Shall find us fearless still.
And though our Vane be in his tomb,
  Though Hampden’s blood is cold,
Their spirits live to lead our doom        15
  As in the days of old.
 
Our England’s heart is stout as oak;
  Our English will as brave
As when indignant Freedom spoke
  From Eliot’s prison grave.        20
And closing yet again with Wrong,
  A world in arms shall see
Our England foremost of the strong
  And first among the free.
 
Note 1. From his early Poems of Freedom [back]
 

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