The History of Leith

August 18, 2006

Britannia, the Pride of the Ocean

Verse 1: ‘Britannia, the gem of the ocean, / The star of the brave and the free, / The shrine of a patriots devotion, / Old England my homage to thee. / Thy banner makes tyranny tremble, / When liberty has cause in the view, / Thy banner makes tyranny tremble, / Whilst borne by the red, white, and blue.’ This broadside was priced at one penny and published on Saturday, 6th September 1856, by the Poet’s Box. The town of publication has been obscured, but it was probably Glasgow. for more click here

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