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From the Conquest comes our culture,
by the Norman foemen brought,
that they might refine the courage
of the Saxons whom they fought
on the fatal hill of Senlac,
where the greatest price was paid,
for esteeming Norman valour
as less true than Norman blade.

Through the years that bred Crusaders,
was that courage still maintained,
until Agincourt and Crécy
proved that honour might be gained,
which would shine with argent splendour
in the annals of great deeds,
carried out with thought for nothing
but fulfilling Duty’s needs.

That the blended rose of Tudor
proud tradition did sustain,
was displayed when Great Armada
tried to flaunt the might of Spain,
with her galleons defiant
that our sovereignty would break,
‘till their hulls were torn asunder
by the guns of Francis Drake.

At the battle-front of Blenheim,
courage won a victory too,
which, repeated at Trafalgar,
Ramillies and Waterloo,
showed a spirit that will flourish
in men’s hearts both brave and just,
ever at the call of Honour,
to respond and keep its trust.

T. C. Hudson
9th October 1938

© T. C. Hudson.

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