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England and Her Colonies

William Watson 1858 (Burley in Wharfedale) – 1935 (Rottingdean)

SHE stands, a thousand-wintered tree,
 By countless morns impearled;
Her broad roots coil beneath the sea,
 Her branches sweep the world;
Her seeds, by careless winds conveyed,
 Clothe the remotest strand
With forests from her scatterings made,
New nations fostered in her shade,
 And linking land with land.
 
O ye by wandering tempest sown
 ’Neath every alien star,
Forget not whence the breath was blown
 That wafted you afar!
For ye are still her ancient seed
 On younger soil let fall—
Children of Britain’s island-breed,
To whom the Mother in her need
 Perchance may one day call.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

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William Watson, was a surgeon in the 105th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers during the American Civil War. more…

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