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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 3III. textit{ODE ON THE CORONATION OF EDWARD VII., OF textit{BRITAIN AND OF GREATER BRITAIN, KING. We crown our King, the son of her whose fame Has hallowed monarchy ; we crown our race, Accomplishing a thousand years of war, Of travail and of triumph greatly borne. Wherefore in England's lordly measure, tuned When the long-buried past resurgent sought Embodiment anew, when recent shores, Unknown, but dreamt-of, in the night of Time, Appealed to fate for utterance virginal, And the profound insatiate soul of man Required a deep-toned, more material song : In England's lordly measure, armed and winged When England conquered sea-room for her ships And first began to mould the modern world, It well becomes our honour to acclaim This noble birth of Time, mature at length, Imperial Britain, risen above the sea, Enthroned and of her destiny aware When every eager pulse of Matter ached To yield its new idea and be glad, An ancient subtle thought, a loftier hope Than any mediate life of plant or beast, Imbued the inmost womb, and urged a way Throughout the range, of being, climbing up From lowliest cells to forms uncouth that walk Abashed and wistful that they are not Man, The deep primeval aim, so long delayed, So late accomplished; for the steadfast Earth, A Spartan mother, passionate as Love, Patient as Time, implacable as Truth, In travail with her son nine epochs, vowed Millenniums of remorseless discipline To shape the hero of eternal dreams. The steadfast Earth, the parent, treasure, home, Pleasance and sepulchre of all her kin, Assured of her design, by simple craft And great undid the parasitic cord That tethered Britain; closed and soldered well The magic hoop of ocean set with storms, Wedding this isle for ever to the world. At once from orient valle...
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