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THE SPIRIT OF ENGLAND

Shatter her beauteous breast ye may ;

THE SPIRIT OF ENGLAND none can slay!
Dash the bomb on the dome of Paul's,—
Deem ye the fame of Nelson falls?

Pry the stone from the chancel-floor,-
Dream ye that Shakespeare shall live no more?
Where is the giant shot that kills
Wordsworth walking the old green hills?
Trample the red rose on the ground,-
Keats is Beauty while earth spins round!
Bind her, grind her, burn her with fire,
Cast her ashes into the sea,-
She shall escape, she shall aspire,

She shall arise to make men free:
She shall arise in a sacred scorn,
Lighting the lives that are yet unborn ;
Spirit supernal, splendour eternal,
ENGLAND!*

*H. G. Cone, in the Atlantic Monthly, February, 1915.

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THE SPIRIT OF
ENGLAND

BY THE RIGHT HON.

GEORGE W. E. RUSSELL

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The spirit of a great nation called into energy
on a grand occasion is the noblest of human
phenomena. The pseudo-national spirit of Jingoism
is the meanest and the most dangerous.

J. A. FROUDE.

NEW YORK

E. P. DUTTON & COMPANY

681 FIFTH AVENUE

1915

Br 2249.304

COLLEGE

HARVARU
JAN 4 1917

LIBRARY

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PRINTED BY

WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED
LONDON AND BECCLES, ENGLAND

To

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

DAVID LLOYD GEORGE

FROM ONE WHO IS

HALF HIS COUNTRYMAN

AND

WHOLLY HIS FRIEND

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