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Daffodils (William Wordsworth) (Songs Abroad/England)

English poet William Wordsworth's (1770-1850) famous poem. Inspired by a walk with the poet's sister in England's Lake District, 1802. Published in 1807 in "Poems in Two Volumes." Music original to this site.

God Save The Queen (Songs Abroad/England)

By use and common agreement England's national anthem. The words "God Save The King" appear in the King James Bible and in various royal tributes as far back as the tenth century A.D. Publication of the original 3 verses and official musical performance similar to what we know today are traceable back to 1745. Use of the tune for "America(My Country, 'Tis Of Thee)," understandably disqualified it as the national anthem for the newly liberated col...

Happy British Birthday (Songs Abroad/England)

"Pomp & Circumstance March #1" (of 4) by Sir Edward ELGAR(1857-1934). Unofficially, this is the British National Anthem alongside "God Save The Queen." Also, a long-standing traditional tune for graduations. See Special Occasions/Graduation.

I Vow To Thee, My Country (Songs Abroad/England)

1908 poem by Sir Cecil Rice Spring, set by Gustav Holst to the "Jupiter" theme from his symphonic suite "The Planets" in 1921. A favorite patriotic hymn, it has been played at the funerals of the most notable British figures of the last century: Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, Winston Churchill.

Jerusalem (Blake) (Songs Abroad/England)

Poem by William Blake, 1804, music by Sir Hubert Parry, 1916. Lines not included here- "Bring me my Bow of burning gold;/ Bring me my Arrows of desire:/ Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!/ Bring me my Chariot of fire!"- inspired the title of the notable 1981 film "Chariots of Fire."

Land Of Hope And Glory (Songs Abroad/England)

"Pomp & Circumstance March #1" (of 4) by Sir Edward ELGAR(1857-1934). Unofficially, this is the British National Anthem alongside "God Save The Queen." Also, a long-standing traditional tune for graduations. See Special Occasions/Graduation.