Land of Hope and Glory

Words by: Arthur C Benson

Music by: Edward Elgar (1901)

Land of Hope and Glory, also known as Pomp and Circumstance, is best known as the finale of the Last Night of the Proms. However, it was also used as England’s victory anthem at the Commonwealth Games until it was replaced by Jerusalem in 2010. It was commissioned by King Edward VII.

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Land of Hope and Glory

Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned.
God make thee mightier yet!
On Sov’ran brows, beloved, renowned,
Once more thy crown is set.
Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained,
Have ruled thee well and long;
By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
Thine Empire shall be strong.

Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee,
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.

Thy fame is ancient as the days,
As Ocean large and wide:
A pride that dares, and heeds not praise,
A stern and silent pride:
Not that false joy that dreams content
With what our sires have won;
The blood a hero sire hath spent
Still nerves a hero son.

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Why do national anthems sound so alike? Why do countries all salute the same tinny marches with their dotted rhythms and major keys, rather than draw on their distinctive musical heritage?

— Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, Jerusalem Post

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