Excerpt from Poems of the Love of Country
Even Tennyson, the apostle of moderation, who tells us to cut prejudice against the grain, when it comes to a matter Of patriotism can be as exclusive as the most insular patriot could desire: There is no land like England, where'er t... he light of day be; There are no hearts like English hearts, such hearts of oak as they be.
This exclusiveness, this positiveness, is of the very essence of the national lyric, and without it patriotic poetry would have no reason for existence.
It will furnish an interesting study to examine the national characteristics which ooze out from the va rions national songs. A comparison of our own God Save the King with the Marseillaise Hymn. And Hail Columbia will lead to some interesting results. England, France, and America speak there in numis takable tones the national sentiments usually ascribed to these nations. In the Japanese battle-song, Ima Toki Nam Z0, the oriental spirit of Nippon breathes everywhere.
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