Northumberland to Newcastle

and Cumbria’s lofty hills,

Durham down through Cleveland,

into Yorkshire’s misty dales.


Across the lofty Pennines

to Lancashire so fine,

Cheshire, Staffs and Shropshire,

the Severn lands align.


Down into the Midlands,

Leicester, Notts. and Brum,

Derbyshire to Warwick,

you can feel the heart-beat thrum.


From Humberside and Lincolnshire,

Northants and Norfolk too,

from Suffolk back through Cambridgeshire,

East Anglian pride so true.


From Oxfordshire and Gloucester,

Wiltshire, Bristol and Bucks,

Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey,

where The Isle of Wight she tucks.


Hertford, Essex and London,

north and south of the Thames,

through Kent and down through Sussex,

the south coast to defend.


Across the west to Devon,

Dorset, Somerset, sends

us right on down through Cornwall,

until we reach Lands End.


So many hearts of England

will hear the call to arms,

from factory, field and fairway,

from steelworks, docks and farms.


From everywhere they come

just to answer Britain’s call,

protect her sacred shores

and prevent her tragic fall.


Our homeland is in direst need,

defend her to the core,

unite as one,

with claws now raised,

and hear the lions roar!



Written by Darren Scanlon, August 2013.

Revised 26th June 2016.

©2016 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


8 Comments Add yours

  1. stevetanham says:

    That should have been Darren! It’s late…

    Liked by 1 person

  2. stevetanham says:

    That’s a very moving poem, Derek.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Steve. (Derek???)


  3. Rita says:

    Such a powerful love!


      1. RAS says:

        You are welcome. Heads up that my blog name has changed to Rocky Mountain Heartbeat – needed to remove my name for new job coming up

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Makes sense. As long as its still ‘like-ole you’ at the keys it will still be an entertaining experience. 🙂🙃

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