Monday, November 13, 2006

English to the core

Via James Higham, how could the result be any other? Netch'relly…

You are 100% English.

Congratulations! You may now take your place as a subject of Her Majesty.

"And did those feet
In ancient times,
Walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the holy Lamb of God
In England's pleasant pastures seen?"

Well, no, but it's a cracking good tune.

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Would it be frightfully pedantic of me to point out that it is "in ancient time" rather than "times"? I also have to say that I think that the following is more appropriate as a national anthem.
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love:
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness and all her paths are peace.

Another great tune, of course; it's never sung these days, the concept of being proud of one's country being somewhat alien—even dangerous—to the scum who now run us, i.e. the EU.

1 comment:

MJS said...

I find it disturbing and unsettling everytime I find yet another thing on which we agree, but am reassured that when you really care, there is no swearing. I have long promoted "I vow to thee my country" as our national anthem, all power to your elbow!