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From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
And we're back.

My equinoctial ’flu being now (largely) sped, I shall be trying to catch up with comments, notes, and missed birthdays.


Ad interim, it being poetry month:


Loyal odes in the village


1.         The High Street tradesman

A dash of pepper –

Mustard keen –

A lady, first,

And wholly Queen:

God’s grace to us, Elizabeth.

Long may she reign; and when that Death

Shall come to her, as come it must,

And crown and sceptre come to dust,

We’ll yet remember, duty bound,

The Queen revered the world around.

That’s nine and sixpence, miss, to pay.

Priced special for the Queen’s birthday.


2.         The aging canon

Great pillar of the orthodox

And true as her best hunter’s hocks:

The Faith’s Defender, Christ’s confessor.

God help us under her successor.


3.         Old soldiers at the Legion hall

Land Army girls and ATS,

And in their midst Our Princess. Bless.

In war’s dark hour we saw her stand,

Amidst the rubble, hand in hand,

With those who would not yield or bow.

God saved her then.  God save her now.

Her father would not fail or flee,

Her mother graced the few and free

Who stayed through midnight’s dire alarms,

And chanced the worst of Hitler’s harms.

Our future Queen, herself in arms,

Not sent abroad or to the farms

That sheltered other children then,

Showed spirit fit for leading men.

And we – her soldiers, or the Few,

Her sailors – aye, her subjects, too –

Remember courage like a flame

In our then princess.  All her fame

Is well-deserved: for it was earned,

On lurid nights when London burned.



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lily_fayline From: lily_fayline Date: April 5th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you so much! Having gone numb with inane letters and book reports to mark, this is such a welcome reminder that there is indeed beautiful English out there somewhere still...don't know how you do it, but your timing is exquisite! This comment may seem trite, but it means more to me than you can imagine. Thank you from the bottom of my (presently slightly jaded) heart.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 6th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

You're very kind. I'm very much honoured.
tudorpot From: tudorpot Date: April 6th, 2008 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Wonderful, I hope you send this to HM.
wemyss From: wemyss Date: April 6th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you.

You're too kind.
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