Rose of England

Maureen Keating has contacted the site to say:

Yes, England should most definitely have its own anthem – either Rose of England or Land of Hope and Glory.

What a shame that we don’t have ‘Rose of England’ as one of the options in our poll.

Rose of England

Grown in one land alone,
Where proud winds have blown;
There’s not a flow’r
Born of the show’r
Braver than England’s own.

Though gales of winter blow
Piercing hail and snow,
Shining she stays,
Bright as in days of yore,

Old England’s pride still blossoms
fresh on England’s shore.

REFRAIN:

Rose of England, thou shalt fade not here,
Proud and bright from rolling year to year.
Red shall thy petals be as rich wine untold
Shed by thy warriors who served thee of old.

Rose of England, breathing England’s air,
Flower of Chivalry beyond compare;
While hand and heart endure to cherish thy prime,
Thou shalt blossom to the end of Time.

Music by Ivor Novello from “Crest of the Wave”
Words by Christopher Hassall

Still, despite the original ovesight, ‘Rose of England’ now gets its own blog entry by way of amends.

3 Comments Post a Comment
  1. M.Edison says:

    Hi, those lyrics are superb and i would be proud to sing them at our nations sports events.

  2. Keith says:

    Agreed. I have always thought that Rose Of England is the perfect English anthem. I also like Jerusalem and I Vow To Thee My Country but I think Rose can appeal to a much wider cross-section of English people when it comes to singing a song at a major event.

  3. Donald Crosby Giblin says:

    I have just written an ” English National Anthem”. I am an unknown poet who has written hundreds of poems in handwriting and am too busy to print/publish. The music is also written and is being orchestrated . it will appear shortly in full on Youtube .Herewith the poem

    English National Anthem
    by Donald Crosby Giblin

    The White Cliffs of Dover the ice age formed
    The green meadow pasture this world adorned
    A haven for men a creation through ages
    Where true honour lies a creation its pages

    To the north the high seas form
    To the south the atlantic clear storms
    Home is central peaceful pastures lie
    Our homeland our England,clouds and blue sky

    Alba is white the Cliffs of Dover
    Englands first name and seagulls hover
    This Atlantic where lands end lies
    And Hadrian’s Wall the last England sky

    Peopled by multitudes woaded in blue
    Those who stayed with romans it’s true
    Wattle and daub a home cosy fires
    The Engles the Christians- Jesus inspired

    Truth is the haven religeons are borne
    And humans aspire to their haven warm
    To peace and rest true a vigil eternal
    To freedom so precious – our England maternal

    Sincerely, Don

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