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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
The World’s May-Queen
By Alfred Noyes (1880–1958)
 
WHEN Spring comes back to England
  And crowns her brows with May,
Round the merry moonlit world
  She goes the greenwood way:
She throws a rose to Italy,        5
  A fleur-de-lys to France;
But round her regal morris-ring
  The seas of England dance.
 
When Spring comes back to England
  And dons her robe of green,        10
There ’s many a nation garlanded,
  But England is the Queen;
She ’s Queen, she ’s Queen of all the world
  Beneath the laughing sky,
For the nations go a-Maying        15
  When they hear the New Year cry—
 
‘Come over the water to England,
  My old love, my new love,
Come over the water to England
  In showers of flowery rain;        20
Come over the water to England,
  April, my true love,
And tell the heart of England
  The Spring is here again!’
 
 
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