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O Ship Of State

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Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!
Sail on, O Union, strong and great!
Humanity with all its fears,
With all the hopes of future years,
Is hanging breathless on thy fate!
We know what Master laid thy keel,
What Workmen wrought thy ribs of steel,
Who made each mast, and sail, and rope,
What anvils rang, what hammers beat,
In what a forge and what a heat

Were shaped the anchors of thy hope!
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The first five lines of this vibrantly nationalistic poem were used exceedingly effectively by Winston Churchill in the battle against Nazi Germany. It does not ring so true in what we like to believe are multicultural times, but it may well come back into its own as the backlash grows in Europe. Whatever your politics the rhythm and beat is superb.

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