A British-Roman Song

My father's father saw it not,
  And I, belike, shall never come
To look on that so-holy spot --
              That very Rome --

Crowned by all Time, all Art, all Might,
  The equal work of Gods and Man,
City beneath whose oldest height --
              The Race began!

Soon to send forth again a brood,
  Unshakable, we pray, that clings
To Rome's thrice-hammered hardihood --
              In arduous things.

Strong heart with triple armour bound,
  Beat strongly, for thy life-blood runs,
Age after Age, the Empire round --
              In us thy Sons

Who, distant from the Seven Hills,
  Loving and serving much, require
Thee -- thee to guard 'gainst home-born ills
              The Imperial Fire!

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