Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, JUBILEE HYMN, by JOHN BETJEMAN

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First Line: In days of disillusion
Last Line: Ring out loud the jubilee.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Elizabeth Ii, Queen Of England; Music & Musicians; Performing Arts - Spain; Singing & Singers; Royal Court Life; Royalty; Kings; Queens; Songs

In days of disillusion,
However low we've been
To fire us and inspire us
God gave to us our Queen.

She acceded, young and dutiful,
To a much-loved father's throne;
Serene and kind and beautiful,
She holds us as her own.

And twenty-five years later
So sure her reign has been
That our great events are greater
For the presence of our Queen.

Hers the grace the Church has prayed for,
Ours the joy that she is here.
Let the bells do what they're made for!
Ring our thanks both loud and clear.

From that look of dedication
In those eyes profoundly blue
We know her coronation
As a sacrament and true.

For our Monarch and her people,
United yet and free,
Let the bells from ev'ry steeple
Ring out loud the jubilee.

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