England, My England

I read over the weekend that the FA is looking to make this the official England World Cup song, which if true is nicer than a lot of the ones they have used in the past.

England, My England

William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

WHAT have I done for you,
England, my England?
What is there I would not do,
England, my own? With your glorious eyes austere,
As the Lord were walking near, Whispering terrible things and dear
As the Song on your bugles blown,
Round the world on your bugles blown!

Where shall the watchful sun,
England, my England,
Match the master-work you’ve done,
England, my own? When shall he rejoice agen
Such a breed of mighty men As come forward, one to ten,
To the Song on your bugles blown,
Down the years on your bugles blown?

Ever the faith endures,
England, my England:-
Take and break us: we are yours,
England, my own!
Life is good, and joy runs high
Between English earth and sky:
Death is death; but we shall die
To the Song of your bugles blown,
To the stars on your bugles blown

They call you proud and hard,
England, my England:
You with worlds to watch and ward,
England, my own!
You whose mail’d hand keeps the keys
Of such teeming destinies,
You could know nor dread nor ease
Were the Song on your bugles blown,
Round the Pit on your bugles blown!

Mother of Ships whose might,
England, my England,
Is the fierce old Sea’s delight,
England, my own,
Chosen daughter of the Lord,
Spouse-in-Chief of the ancient Sword,
There’s the menace of the Word
In the Song on your bugles blown,
Out of heaven on your bugles blown!

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    Goodbye to my England, So long my old friend
    Your days are numbered, being brought to an end
    To be Scottish, Irish or Welsh that’s fine
    But don’t say your English, that’s way out of line.

    The French and the Germans may call themselves such
    So may Norwegians, the Swedes and the Dutch
    You can say you are Russian or maybe a Dane
    But don’t say your English ever again

    At Broadcasting House the word is taboo
    In Brussels it’s scrapped. In Parliament too
    Even Schools are affected. Staff do as they’re told
    They must not teach children about England of old.

    Writers like Shakespeare, Milton and Shaw
    The pupils don’t learn about them anymore
    How about Agincourt, Hastings, Arnhem or Mons ?
    When England lost hosts of her very brave sons.

    We are not Europeans, how can we be ?
    Europe is miles away, over the sea
    We’re the English from England, let’s all be proud
    Stand up and be counted – Shout it out loud!

    Let’s tell our Government and Brussels too
    We’re proud of our heritage and the Red, White and Blue
    Fly the flag of Saint George or the Union Jack
    Let the world know – WE WANT OUR ENGLAND BACK!!


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Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales all have their own anthems but England is stuck with the so-called British anthem in which verse five urges crushing the Scots. Which is easy enough in just about every sport apart from curling and caber tossing.

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