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ENGLAND AND HER COLONIES [OR, DOMINIONS], by             Poet's Biography
First Line: She stands, a thousand wintered tree
Last Line: Perchance may one day call.
Alternate Author Name(s): Watson, John William
Variant Title(s): Children Of Britain
Subject(s): Great Britain - Commonwealth & Colonies; Patriotism; British Empire; England - Empire


SHE stands, a thousand-wintered tree,
By countless morns impearled;
Her broad roots coil beneath the sea,
Her branches sweep the world;
Her seeds, by careless winds conveyed,
Clothe the remotest strand
With forests from her scatterings made,
New nations fostered in her shade,
And linking land with land.

O ye by wandering tempest sown
'Neath every alien star,
Forget not whence the breath was blown
That wafted you afar!
For ye are still her ancient seed
On younger soil let fall --
Children of Britain's island-breed,
To whom the Mother in her need
Perchance may one day call.




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