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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

William James Linton 1812–97

Heart and Will


OUR England’s heart is sound as oak;

Our English will is firm;

And through our actions Freedom spoke

In history’s proudest term:

When Blake was lord from shore to shore,

And Cromwell rul’d the land,

And Milton’s words were shields of power

To stay the oppressor’s hand.

Our England’s heart is yet as sound,

As firm our English will;

And tyrants, be they cowl’d or crown’d,

Shall find us fearless still.

And though our Vane be in his tomb,

Though Hampden’s blood is cold,

Their spirits live to lead our doom

As in the days of old.

Our England’s heart is stout as oak;

Our English will as brave

As when indignant Freedom spoke

From Eliot’s prison grave.

And closing yet again with Wrong,

A world in arms shall see

Our England foremost of the strong

And first among the free.