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Thomas Campbell

1777–1844. Scottish poet. { Encyclopedia Britannica }

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Rilla of Ingleside (1)

Ye Mariners of England: A Naval Ode (1801 poem)

The meteor flag of England
Shall yet terrific burn;
Till danger’s troubled night depart,
And the star of peace return.
Then, then, ye ocean-warriors!
Our song and feast shall flow
To the fame of your name,
When the storm has ceased to blow;
When the fiery fight is heard no more,
And the storm has ceased to blow. (Stanza 4)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 27 (“The ‘meteor flag of England’”).


Campbell, Thomas. Poems of Thomas Campbell. Edited by Lewis Campbell. London: Macmillan and Co., 1904. “Ye Mariners of England: A Naval Ode,” pp. 66–67. Online at

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