For Elizabeth

For Elizabeth 


Lay still your tongues and bow your heads, lower the flags, our Queen is dead.

Put down your work, set games aside, silence the songs, our Queen has died

Stand in the streets, pause in the rush, think of her now, amid the hush; in the time before the tribute drum, ‘til the bugles call and the eulogies come

Hold back the words, make no speeches today, reflect on the debt we may never repay.

A beacon of light, a life lived well, give thanks for our Queen, toll the mourning bell. 

Grieve now a while, let the Nations weep, for our greatest Queen in her final sleep.

Then raise up your hearts, let her legacy sing, Great Britain unite and stand by our King.

The future is ours in a world made bright, by the strength of her love and eternal light.



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M.C. Newberry

Tue 13th Sep 2022 16:18

I can readily understand Harriet Ryan's request. When future anthologies include any poems about this momentous event,
this particular poem should be in the front rank..

Harriet Ryan

Mon 12th Sep 2022 20:39

This is such a beautiful tribute. May we read it in one of our church services? How do we contact you to ask?

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M.C. Newberry

Sun 11th Sep 2022 17:29

I admire both the rhythm and the content. A well judged
tribute. .

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Adam Whitworth

Fri 9th Sep 2022 17:19

Well said

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Stephen Atkinson

Fri 9th Sep 2022 16:38

A Beautiful tribute, Philippa. 🌈

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Stephen Gospage

Fri 9th Sep 2022 16:32

A beautifully written tribute, Philippa. Thank you.

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