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'Lion of England' poem

Date: 1913 - 1918
Overall: 85 x 130 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Joyce Linquist
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Postcard
Object No: 00031382

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    This black and white postcard features an allegorical female figure, dressed in fabric decorated with the Southern Cross. She is pulling aside the Union Jack to reveal HMAS AUSTRALIA at sea. Below the ship is a poem titled 'Lion of England' written by the Australian poet Roderic Quinn.
    SignificanceThis postcard is part of a the WA Stanley collection, which documents the history of Cockatoo Island - one of Australia's most important dockyards - and provides insight into the lives of the people who worked there.
    Mr Stanley worked in the drawing office of the island from 1915 to 1961.
    History"Lions of Old England, be not afraid!
    Thou shalt not fight in vain.
    THy cubs have grown to lionhood
    With tooth and claw and mane.

    Their unfleshed teeth are fierce and keen,
    Their claws are young and strong,
    There shall be work for claw and tooth
    Ere aught shall do thee wrong.

    Thy forest lordship shall not fail
    Thy kingship shall not end
    While they have power of flank toleap
    And might of jaw to rend.

    Lion of England bare thy claws
    Be strong not be afraid
    In that red day that draws a near
    Thou shalt not lack for aid."
    Additional Titles

    Web title: 'Lion of England' poem and HMAS AUSTRALIA

    Primary title: 'Lion of England' poem

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