James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

March 10

A Welcome to Alexandra

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

  • The Prince of Wales was married to Princess Alexandra of Denmark, on March 10, 1863.

  • SEA-KING’S daughter from over the sea,


    Saxon and Norman and Dane are we,

    But all of us Danes in our welcome of thee,


    Welcome her, thunders of fort and of fleet!

    Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street!

    Welcome her, all things youthful and sweet,

    Scatter the blossom under her feet!

    Break, happy land, into earlier flowers!

    Make music, O bird, in the new-budded bowers!

    Blazon your mottoes of blessing and prayer!

    Welcome her, welcome her, all that is ours!

    Warble, O bugle, and trumpet, blare!

    Flags, flutter out upon turrets and towers!

    Flames, on the windy headland flare!

    Utter your jubilee, steeple and spire!

    Clash, ye bells, in the merry March air!

    Flash, ye cities, in rivers of fire!

    Rush to the roof, sudden rocket, and higher

    Melt into stars for the land’s desire!

    Roll and rejoice, jubilant voice,

    Roll as a ground-swell dash’d on the strand,

    Roar as the sea when he welcomes the land,

    And welcome her, welcome the land’s desire,

    The sea-king’s daughter as happy as fair,

    Blissful bride of a blissful heir,

    Bride of the heir of the kings of the sea,—

    O joy to the people, and joy to the throne,

    Come to us, love us and make us your own:

    For Saxon or Dane or Norman we,

    Teuton or Celt, or whatever we be,

    We are each all Dane in our welcome of thee,