For a Tattoo at White City

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For a Tattoo at White City
written by John Masefield
The tattoo was on 13 July 1953 Link to further information




Here ends the pageant of how England stood
Against oppressors strong and over-bold,
A few at bay, making the ruin good,
Even to death, in darkness, mud and cold.
Women and men, of old as now again,
Have faced all odds to keep our honour clean;
Should danger fall in this beginning reign,
God being with them, they will save the Queen.


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