The Gaul, tis held of antique story, Saw Britain linked to his now adverse strand; No sea between, nor cliff sublime and hoary, He passd with unwet feet through all our land. Collins.Ode to Liberty.
For of old time, since first the rushing flood, Urgd by Almighty Powr, this favourd isle Turnd flashing from the continent aside, Indented shore to shore responsive still, Its guardian she. Thomson.Britain, Liberty; Part IV. Line 460.
This England never did, nor never shall, Lie at the proud foot of a conqueror, But when it first did help to wound itself, Come the three corners of the world in arms, And we shall shock them; nought shall make us rue, If England to itself do rest but true. Shakespeare.King John, Act V. Scene 7. (The Bastard.)
Let us be backd with God, and with the seas, Which he hath given for fence impregnable, And with their helps only defend ourselves; In them, and in ourselves, our safety lies. Shakespeare.King Henry VI., Part III. Act IV. Scene 1. (Hastings to Clarence.)
The sword we dread not; of ourselves secure, Firm were our strength, our peace and freedom sure; Let all the world confederate all its powers, Be they not backd by those that should be ours, High on his rock shall BRITAINS GENIUS stand, Scatter the crowded hosts, and vindicate the land. Canning.New Morality.
As round our isle the azure billow roars, From all the world dividing Britains shores, Within its fence be Britains nations joind, A world themselves, yet friends of human-kind. Pye.Alfred, Book VI. Line 99.
The Ocean is the grand vehicle of trade, and the uniter of distant nations. To us it is peculiarly kind, not only as it wafts into our ports the harvests of every climate, and renders our island the centre of traffic, but also as it secures us from foreign invasions by a sort of impregnable intrenchment. Harvey.Reflections on a Flower Garden.
It is most meet we arm us gainst the foe: For peace itself should not so dull a kingdom, But that defenses, musters, preparations, Should be maintaind, assembled, and collected, As were a war in expectation. Shakespeare.King Henry V., Act II. Scene 4. (The Dauphin to the French King.)
Poor England! thou art a devoted deer, Beset with every ill but that of fear. The nations hunt; all mock thee for a prey; They swarm around thee, and thou standst at bay. Cowper.Table Talk, Line 363.
O England! model to thy inward greatness Like little body with a mighty heart, What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural? Shakespeare.Chorus to King Henry V., Act II.
There learned arts do flourish in great honour And poets wits are had in peerless price; Religion hath lay power, to rest upon her, Advancing virtue, and suppressing vice. For end all good, all grace there freely grows, Had people grace it gratefully to use: For God his gifts there plenteously bestows, But graceless men them greatly do abuse. Spenser.Colin Clout.