St. George, and this blessed Plot, this Realm and even Music

DSC01205 Maldon St GeorgeThursday was the Queen’s 90th Birthday, of course, it’s also St George’s day, and in addition, four hundred years ago William Shakespeare died, for that matter, fifty-two years before that, also on the 23d, he was born.  So consider this a sampling.

We might as well start with World War Two, particularly since that has some of the best. This is from the Queen mother’s 90th birthday Royal Variety performance



Here’s a group of British male vocalists from the fifties. I obviously remember some of the songs but have no idea who the vocalists may be, not who made these hits in the States.

Then in the 60s, something remarkable happened.



And even:



In fact:

But there’s always been something else, as well: like a song that presaged a revolution


And patriotism


Of empire lost


and won


And love of country:


This one here:

The one that John of Gaunt said this about:

This royal throne of kings, this scepter’d isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea,
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England


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7 Responses to St. George, and this blessed Plot, this Realm and even Music

  1. the unit says:

    It’s a long afternoon and evening. Yep Vera Lynn a good listening start. I can’t imagine I never heard of her. And this video at 83. She still here with us at 99. I do think Kate Smith deserves honorable mention.

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    • NEO says:

      Would, except this is all British.

      Liked by 1 person

      • the unit says:

        I thought about that after I hit send. All British…yeah WW2? But I see that you are saying for this blog article. I got to listen to the second video yet. 🙂
        I’m just careful, watching for the “were all world citizens now” bunch.

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        • NEO says:

          Nope, but I do like the ‘cousins’! 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    Video #2. Nope don’t recognize one single voice, did couple of songs though.
    Probably ’cause there was no free trade and I didn’t have a transistor radio (Dansette), just a tube one that only picked up the one local station. You probably never heard our local news guy from the ’50’s, Snoopshots? He didn’t sing. 🙂

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  4. The so-called good ole days of old Great Britain are sadly gone! Joining the EU and immigration have helped to this sadly! One look at Continental Europe shows us this also. The question remains, is it too late?


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