Month: March 2022

The Magic Square (exerpt) — Kipling

“Certain it is men have fallen upon each other from the first. This is a business which the Gods lay upon the Young; leaving the Old to weary with words the unreturning phalanx.” What put ...

Independence (excerpt) — Rudyard Kipling

“To catch Dame Fortune’s golden smile     Assiduous wait upon her, And gather gold by every wile     That’s justified by honour— Not for to hide it in a hedge     N...

The Kingspirit — Scott Mannion

“Charge the free-born sons with The Power to resist, imbue them with the spirit of heroic ages, lost; crown them with that which was stolen in First Light’s lies. Birthright of The Sovereignful,...

“Thus An Aged Father Taught His Free-born Son”: Anglo-saxon Precepts.

“Thus An Aged Father Taught His Free-born Son”: Anglo-saxon Precepts. Thus an aged father taught his free-born son,  a mind-wise man, elderly in virtue of his kinsmen,  in percep...

This State of England in Our Times — Alfred Lord Tennyson

How much I love this writer’s manly style! By such men led, our press had ever been The public conscience of our noble isle, Severe and quick to feel a civic sin, To raise the people and chastis...

The Islanders — Rudyard Kipling

NO DOUBT but ye are the People—your throne is above the King’s. Whoso speaks in your presence must say acceptable things: Bowing the head in worship, bending the knee in fear— Bringing the word well s...

The Island Hawk, Alfred Noyes

Hushed are the whimpering winds on the hill, Dumb is the shrinking plain, And the songs that enchanted the woods are still As I shoot to the skies again! Does the blood grow black on my fierce bent be...

From Clee to Heaven the Beacon Burns, by A. E. Housman

From Clee to heaven the beacon burns, The shires have seen it plain, From north and south the sign returns And beacons burn again. Look left, look right, the hills are bright, The dales are light betw...

Alfred: The Opera that spawned Rule Britannia

” Britons, proceed, the subject Deep command, Awe with your navies every hostile land.   In vain their threats, their armies all in vain: They rule the balanc’d world, who rule t...

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