There's a Realm, a vast Realm, that,...
There's a Realm, a vast Realm, that, from East unto West,
Through the wide spreading world, is the noblest and best;
Where the people love Peace, but, at sound of the drum,
A myriad of soldiers and heroes become.
This year and all years we'll sing and we'll pray:--
Thy Realm! My Realm!
God bless our Empire both now and for aye.
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Note: another verse by this author was also sung (instead?) at at least one performance of Allitsen's song, cf. Richard, Jeffrey. Imperialism and Music: Britain, 1876-1953. Manchester University Press, Manchester and New York: 2001, p. 38. That verse follows:
There's a Queen, a dear Queen, whom no Briton forgets,
And upon whose dominion the sun never sets: --
Who has governed by love, and has helped us to fight
For conquest of evil and succour of right.
Best reign! Blest reign!
This year of all years we'll sing and we'll pray!
Thy Queen! My Queen!
God bless her and keep her to-night and for aye."
Submitted by Sharon Krebs [Guest Editor]
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