England is not the jewelled isle of Shakespeare's much- quoted passage, nor is it the inferno depicted by Dr Goebbels. More than either it resembles a family, a rather stuffy Victorian family, with not many black sheep in it but with all its cupboards bursting with skeletons.
This royal throne of kings, this sceptred Isle This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands, This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder: Isle of Beauty, fare thee well!thomas haynes bayly
Fairest Isle, all isles excelling, Seat of pleasures, and of loves; Venus here will choose her dwelling, And forsake her Cyprian groves.john dryden
Ireland still remains the Holy Isle whose aspirations must on no account be mixed with the profane class-struggles of the rest of the sinful world ... the Irish peasant must not on any account know that the Socialist workers are his sole allies in Europe.Friedrich Engels
For dear is the Emerald Isle of the ocean, Whose daughters are fair as the foam of the wave, Whose sons unaccustom'd to rebel commotion, Tho' joyous, are sober tho' peaceful, are brave.
A ship, an Isle, a sickle moon With few but with how splendid stars The mirrors of the sea are strewn Between their silver bars!james elroy flecker
Who shall tempt with wand'ring feet The dark unbottomed infinite abyss And through the palpable obscure find out His uncouth way, or spread his aery flight Upborne with indefatigable wings Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive The happy Isle.john milton
An Isle under Ionian skies Beautiful as a wreck of Paradise.Percy Bysshe Shelley
Four grey walls, and four grey towers, Overlook a space of flowers, And the silent Isle imbowers The Lady of Shalott.Tennyson
There should be a sympathy with freedom , a desire to give it scope, founded not upon visionary ideas, but upon the long experience of many generations within the shores of this happy Isle, that in freedom you lay the firmest foundations both of loyalty and order ; the firmest foundations for the development of individual character ; and the best provision for the happiness of the nation at large.william ewart gladstone
Thou who didst waken from his summer dreams The blue Mediterranean, where he lay, Lull'd by the coil of his crystalline streams Beside a pumice Isle in Baiæ's bay, And saw in sleep old palaces and towers Quivering within the wave's intenser day, All overgrown with azure moss and flowers So sweet, the sense faints picturing them.Percy Bysshe Shelley
What tho' the spicy breezes Blow soft o'er Ceylon's Isle; Though every prospect pleases, And only man is vile?
What though the spicy breezes Blow soft o'er Ceylon's Isle; Though every prospect pleases, And only man is vile.Reginald Heber
There's a dear little plant that grows in our Isle, 'Twas St. Patrick himself sure that set it; And the sun on his labor with pleasure did smile, And with dew from his eye often wet it. It thrives through the bog, through the brake, and the mireland; And he called it the dear little shamrock of Ireland The sweet little shamrock, the dear little shamrock, The sweet little, green little, shamrock of Ireland!andrew cherry
Your Isle, which stands As Neptune's park, ribbed and paled in With rocks unscalable, and roaring waters.william shakespeare
Beautiful Isle of the sea, Smile on the brow of the waters.
Sprinkled along the waste of years Full many a soft green Isle appears: Pause where we may upon the desert road, Some shelter is in sight, some sacred safe abode.john keble
For many a petty king ere Arthur came Ruled in this Isle, and ever waging war Each upon other, wasted all the land; And still from time to time the heathen host Swarmed overseas, and harried what was left.
This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd Isle, This earth of Majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise; This fortress built by Nature for herself, Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall, Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands; This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England, This nurse, this teeming womb of royal kings, Fear'd by their breed, and famous by their birth.
Be not afeard. The Isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, That, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, Will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming, The clouds methought would open and show riches Ready to drop upon me, that, when I wak'd, I cried to dream again.
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