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Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus

Carried through many nations and over many seas


advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,

I arrived, brother, for these wretched funeral rites


ut te postremo donarem munere mortis

So that I might present you with the last tribute of death


et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.

and speak in vain to silent ash,


Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.

Since fortune has carried away from me you in the flesh


Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,

Atlas, poor brother, unfairly taken away from me,


nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum

now in the meantime, nevertheless, these things which in the ancient custom of ancestors


tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,

are handed over as a sad tribute to the rites


accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,

receive, dripping much with brotherly weeping.


atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

And forever, brother, hail and farewell.



Adonais written by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Prose Poem for the Royal Wedding of the 21st Century




(Prose Poem for the Royal Wedding of the 21st Century)


This Royal Wedding emboldens the Monarchy, which shall endure for evermore. Fate says so. Prince William has the will carved in his name and DNA. The stars and twinkle of the goddess Britannia, the one and only one, Princess Diana. Leaves an enduring halo on Prince William's forehead, and his crown. The Monarchy is alive and well; monarchy haters' torches have burnt out, no oil or gas, they just self-destruct. Anarchy finds no feathered bed in democracy. This Royal Wedding of the 21st Century is a blessing in disguise in all important ways. Behold! It springs young sprouts in a world where autumn leaves blow toxic air all about. Wedding springs young sprouts with crowning optimism sustaining smiles here, there and everywhere about; reeling from disasters natural and manmade and the media in your face 24/7 feeding Halloween stories day in day out; their devastating images of earthquakes worldwide, tsunamis, nuclear disasters, greed of liars everywhere and tyrants wantonly slaughtering their people whose only desire is for freedom and better way of life; and if that is not enough, a global recession, mountains of debt at both the micro and macro levels adding insult to injury with catastrophic proportion. What the whole world needs right now are positive images and that's what the Royal Wedding of the Century is all about and a Prince with wholesome genes growing his queen from a bridal trough. Prince William, son of the dearly beloved Princess Diana in his wisdom realized that his marrying now, not later down the road, could be, the ace, to drive any economy back to life and put the doldrums in a lock down place; bringing joy and smiles once more on a world of faces warped by sackcloth and ashes, for crying out loud. By golly, Prince William was right; people are happy and smiling worldwide. The euphoria for Princess Diana, the most beautiful, loving and down-to-earth member of the British Royal tree is back through Prince William her first son. This Royal wedding has brought back not only smiles on faces and media rejoices with beautiful images of pomp and pageantry 24/7 and Princess Diana is back in town, the crowd spell bound. Princess Diana speaks to the world through her most beloved and adorable sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. Off to the Royal Wedding we all must go to Westminster Abbey on TV. I can't wait to cozy up to my TV and watch the pomp and pageantry the hallmark of the Brits where an authentic British Monarchy rules the waves of Parliamentary democracy, and I make no apology for saying that. Long live the British Monarchy, God bless the Queen and all her household. Congratulations to Prince William and Kate Middleton on this their Wedding Day and I wish them a happy and long married life. Wait I must for the next big celebration, in the very near future, the coronation of Princess Diana's son, Prince William. No offense to Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II, but Prince William has the characteristics to dress the British Monarchy in "brand new clothes" in this 21st Century and hold on tightly the reins of his domestic happiness. A modern King, active duty in military, tweeting face book pages, the King of England and the Commonwealth. King George VI did just that supposedly at a time when threads in the British Monarchy began to fray, humbly speaking my democratic opinion. A new King of England and the Commonwealth sounds good to me ears.

© Paterika Hengreaves
April 25, 2011/St James, Barbados


Note on Prose Poem

This style is characterized with rhythmic, aural and syntactic repetition; compression of thought; sustained intensity and patterned structure but is set on the page in a continuous sequence of sentences as in prose without line breaks.

In prose poetry, the line is not treated as a formal unit, nor does it employ the repetitive patterns of rhythm or meter associated with the many forms of poetic expression. The cadence or rhythmical prose (Prose Poetry) is not reestablished but emerges from the rhythm of thought. 

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When this fair land was young
Our brave forefathers sowed the seed
From which our pride was sprung
A pride that makes no wanton boast
Of what it has withstood
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We loyal sons and daughters all
Do hereby make it known
These fields and hills beyond recall
Are now our very own
We write our names on history's page
With expectations great
Strict guardians of our heritage
Firm craftsmen of our fate




The Lord has been the people's guide
For past three hundred years.
With Him still on the people's side
We have no doubts or fears.
Upward and onward we shall go,
Inspired, exulting, free,
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Anthem 1

Māori Version

E Ihowā Atua,
O ngā iwi mātou rā
Āta whakarangona;
Me aroha noa
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
Aotearoa

Ōna mano tāngata
Kiri whero, kiri mā,
Iwi Māori, Pākehā,
Rūpeke katoa,
Nei ka tono ko ngā hē
Māu e whakaahu kē,
Kia ora mārire
Aotearoa

Tōna mana kia tū!
Tōna kaha kia ū;
Tōna rongo hei pakū
Ki te ao katoa
Aua rawa ngā whawhai
Ngā tutū e tata mai;
Kia tupu nui ai
Aotearoa

Waiho tona takiwā
Ko te ao mārama;
Kia whiti tōna rā
Taiāwhio noa.
Ko te hae me te ngangau
Meinga kia kore kau;
Waiho i te rongo mau
Aotearoa

Tōna pai me toitū
Tika rawa, pono pū;
Tōna noho, tāna tū;
Iwi nō Ihowā.
Kaua mōna whakamā;
Kia hau te ingoa;
Kia tū hei tauira;
Aotearoa

English Version

God of Nations at Thy feet,
In the bonds of love we meet,
Hear our voices, we entreat,
God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific's triple star
From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar,
God defend New Zealand.

Men of every creed and race,
Gather here before Thy face,
Asking Thee to bless this place,
God defend our free land.
From dissension, envy, hate,
And corruption guard our state,
Make our country good and great,
God defend New Zealand.

Peace, not war, shall be our boast,
But, should foes assail our coast,
Make us then a mighty host,
God defend our free land.
Lord of battles in Thy might,
Put our enemies to flight,
Let our cause be just and right,
God defend New Zealand.

Let our love for Thee increase,
May Thy blessings never cease,
Give us plenty, give us peace,
God defend our free land.
From dishonour and from shame,
Guard our country's spotless name,
Crown her with immortal fame,
God defend New Zealand.

May our mountains ever be
Freedom's ramparts on the sea,
Make us faithful unto Thee,
God defend our free land.
Guide her in the nations' van,
Preaching love and truth to man,
Working out Thy glorious plan,
God defend New Zealand.

Anthem 2

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

O Lord our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign.
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save The Queen.

Note: The second verse of 'God Save The Queen' is commonly omitted.

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