Rose of England

Music by Ivor Novello from “Crest of the Wave”

Words by Christopher Hassall

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.

Random Quote

If we accept the National Anthem as the musical counterpart to the Union Flag, then what is required now is an equivalent which would serve the Cross of St George. Why should change be necessary at all? The move towards devolution is the obvious explanation.

— Dennis Ellam, Birmingham Post

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