Arthur Stanley, ed., Patriotic Song: A Book of English Verse, being an Anthology of the Patriotic Poetry of the British Empire from the Defeat of the Spanish Armada till the Death of Queen Victoria (London: C. Arthur Pearson 1901).

[Bibliographical details: Patriotic Song: A Book of English Verse, being an Anthology of the Patriotic Poetry of the British Empire from the Defeat of the Spanish Armada till the Death of Queen Victoria, sel. arr. by Arthur Stanley, with an introduction by The Right Reverend J. E. C. Welldon, Lord Bishop of Calcutta, Late Head-Master of Harrow School (London: C. Arthur Pearson 1901) ]

The anthology is dedicated to “to [...] that glorious company of men, women and children who have given their lives for England’s sake’ and includes another section of Irish poets, The editor writes (Preface:) ‘This book is intended to be a representative collection of the patriotic poetry of the British Empire. I have taken a wide view of the term "patriotic" wide enough, indeed, to include the Jacobite Songs of Scotland and the National Songs of Ireland. [...] My scheme, as originally conceived, provided for the inclusion of a section representing the patriotism of America ; but, on reconsideration, I have decided not to go beyond the limits of the British Empire.’ In the Preface, he expresses thanks to Edward Dowden, W. E. Henley and Arthur Quiller-Couch. IN his Introduction, the Bishop of Calcutta professes to ‘heartily approve’ of ‘the purpose’ of the anthology, that being ‘[t]o consolidate the Empire, and to animate it as a whole with noble ideas, is one of the greatest needs and duties of the present day; and an empire, like an admiral, lives not by bread alone, but by its sentiments, its ambitions, its ideals. ’ (p.xii)

The “Ireland” section (Sect. IV), listed after Wales and Scotland but before Canada, &c., incls. Oliver Goldsmith [Home]; Anon. [The Wearing of the Green]; Thomas Moore [Minstrel Boy and 4 other songs]; Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna [The Maiden City]; James Clarence Mangan [Kincora; Dark Rosaleen]; Helen, Lady Dufferin [Bay of Dublin; Lament of the Irish Emigrant]; Sir Samuel Ferguson [O’Byrne’s Bard to the Clans of Wicklow; The Hills of Ireland]; Thomas Davis [My Land; The Dead Chief]; Aubrey de Vere [The Little Black Rose]; John Kells Ingram [The Memory of the Dead; National Peerage]; George Sigerson [The Flight of the Earls; Lament for Eoghan Rua O’Neill]; George Francis Savage-Armstrong [The Old Country]; Alfred Perceval Graves [The Song of the Erin]; John Casey Keegan [The Rising of the Moon]; Thomas William Rolleston [The Dead at Clonmacnois]; Katharine Tynan [KATHARINE TYNAN HINKSON [Shamrock Song]; Lionel Johnson [Ways of War].

Note that William Alexander, Archb. of Armagh [War] and J. K. Ingram [A Nation’s Wealth] are also listed under “England”. The ballad Dampier's Dream by Gerald Henry Supple (Sect. VIII: Australia, p.293[-94].


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