by Edwin Arnold (1832 - 1904)

The Queen Bee's Song
Language: English 
For this great Reign, now rounded
To three-score golden years,
With pride and joy unbounded
We raise a Nation's cheers;
So well-beloved, so Noble
Ere now was no-where seen;
Hail'd let her be till Sky and Sea
Respond "God Save the Queen"
So true a Sov'reign Lady
Ne'er ruled all hearts before!
Rise up and praise Victoria's days,
The glorious years three-score!

Heaven send Her peace and glory!
And when a Crown above --
Fulfilling earth's fair story --
Is granted by God's Love,
Be this His grace to England
That, for her deathless sake
Reign after Reign as royal remain
And thence example take.

Then, o'er Her subject Waters,
Her realm, Her wave-linked Lands,
On Britain's sons and daughters,
And labours of their hands,
Sweet surety, strength and justice
Shall dwell, as now hath been,
And God above, this Isle will love,
Who loved and saved our Queen.

First published in Musical Times, January 1897; copyrighted by Novello 1896.


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