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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
June 26
The Vigil
London Punch
          June 26, 1902, was the day set for the Coronation of Edward VII. of England, whose illness made necessary the postponement of the ceremony.

SILENT it stands, the shrine within whose walls
  He was to give his kingly gage today;
And silent on our hearts the sorrow falls
  Which only faith may stay.
Not for ourselves we mourn the moment’s loss,        5
  Our pleasure darkened and our sun gone down;
All thoughts are turned to where he bears the cross
  Who should have worn the crown.
So keep we vigil; so a Nation’s prayer
  Humbly before the Eternal Heart we bring,        10
That of His grace and pity God may spare
  And give us back our King!

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