Rose of England
"Rose of England" is a patriotic
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 song written by Welsh
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 composer Ivor Novello
Ivor Novello
David Ivor Davies , better known as Ivor Novello, was a Welsh composer, singer and actor who became one of the most popular British entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. Born into a musical family, his first successes were as a songwriter...

 in 1937 for his musical 'Crest of the Wave
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'. Contrary to some reports, it was not popularised by Vera Lynn
Vera Lynn
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 during the war
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 years. The only recording which she made of the song was on the long-playing album 'More Hits of the Blitz' released in 1966 and which has been included on several Compact Disc releases. This was the choice of her producer, the (then) recently hired David Gooch, who also produced the final album recorded by Alma Cogan
Alma Cogan
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. The song was played by Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
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 in the motion picture A Private Function
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 and also by Patricia Routledge
Patricia Routledge
Katherine Patricia Routledge, CBE is an English character comedy actress and singer. She is best known for her role as character Hyacinth Bucket in the British television series Keeping Up Appearances and Hetty Wainthropp in the British television series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates...

 in an episode of Keeping Up Appearances
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. The flower to which the song's lyrics refer is one of England's national emblems, the Tudor Rose
Tudor rose
The Tudor Rose is the traditional floral heraldic emblem of England and takes its name and origins from the Tudor dynasty.-Origins:...

. The song's popularity has led to some calls for it to replace God Save the Queen
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 as the English sporting anthem.


Grown in one land alone
Where proud winds have blown
There’s not a flower born of the shower
Braver than England’s own
Though gales of winter blow
Piercing hail and snow
Shining she stays bright as in days of yore
Old England’s pride still blossoms
Fresh on England’s shore

Rose of England thou shall fade not here
Proud and bright from growing year to year
Red shall thy petals be as rich wine untold
Shared by thy warriors who served thee of old
Rose of England breathing England’s air
Flower of chivalry beyond compare
While hand and heart endure to cherish thy prime
Thou shalt blossom to the end of time

Rose of England breathing England’s air
Flower of liberty beyond compare
While hand and heart endure to cherish thy prime
Thou shalt blossom to the end of time

See also

There is a different song with the same title on The Road to Freedom (Chris de Burgh album)
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