Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned.
God make thee mightier yet!
On Sov'ran brows, beloved, renowned,
Once more thy crown is set.
Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained,
Have ruled thee well and long;
By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
Thine Empire shall be strong.
Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee,
Who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider
Shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty,
Make thee mightier yet.
Thy fame is ancient as the days,
As Ocean large and wide:
A pride that dares, and heeds not praise,
A stern and silent pride:
Not that false joy that dreams content
With what our sires have won;
The blood a hero sire hath spent
Still nerves a hero son.
The music is Sir Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March
No. 1 of 1902. During World War I, it was used as the theme for part
of a poem by A. C. Benson (1862-1925) by the music
hall star Marie Lloyd. It was immediately adopted as perhaps the second
most sung national song after God Save the King. Perhaps the
reason was that it can be sung with much more gusto.