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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Ready, Ay, Ready
 
Herman Charles Merivale (b. 1839)
 
 
  OLD England’s sons are English yet,
    Old England’s hearts are strong;
  And still she wears her coronet
    Aflame with sword and song.
  As in their pride our fathers died,        5
    If need be, so die we;
  So wield we still, gainsay who will,
    The sceptre of the sea.
England, stand fast; let hand and heart be steady;
Be thy first word thy last,—Ready, ay, ready!        10
 
  We ’ve Releighs still for Raleigh’s part,
    We ’ve Nelsons yet unknown;
  The pulses of the Lion Heart
    Beat on through Wellington.
  Hold, Britain, hold thy creed of old,        15
    Strong foe and steadfast friend,
  And, still unto thy motto true,
    Defy not, but defend.
England, stand fast; let heart and hand be steady;
Be thy first word thy last,—Ready, ay, ready!        20
 
  Men whisper’d that our arm was weak,
    Men said our blood was cold,
  And that our hearts no longer speak
    The clarion-note of old;
  But let the spear and sword draw near        25
    The sleeping lion’s den,
  His island shore shall start once more
    To life with armed men.
England, stand fast; let heart and hand be steady;
Be thy first word thy last,—Ready, ay, ready!        30
 

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