O England! full of sinne, but most of sloth;Spit out thy flegme, and fill thy brest with glorie:George Herbert (1593-1633) - poet, parliamentarian and priestFrom Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations [Amazon]
St. George's Day - Cairo 1942
Here's some nice footage for Saint George's Day, from the ever reliable British Pathé, of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers celebrating the day in Cairo in 1942. They stick a rose in their cap and have a good old march to the local church in their tropical uniforms.
Paul Weller - English Rose
The Tudor Rose, the floral emblem of England, and a symbol of an England at peace. Paul Weller would use this symbol for his romantic folk ballad, English Rose [Amazon], which finds him at his most poetic in a sort of companion piece to Wordsworth's I Travelled Among Unknown Men.
Let's enjoy our traditional rose Martini today. Happy Saint George's Day to all our English readers wherever you may be.