March 10th, 1863
[Printed on Coventry Ribbon]
THE PRINCE OF WALES
On his approaching Nuptials with
The Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
Albert Edward Prince of Wales
Around thy mother's throne,
Where 'er her flag, benignant sails,
Where 'er her name is known,
The world throbs out one mighty prayer,-
That thou, Old England's Pride,
May a whole life of blessings share
With her, thy Danish bride.
She comes! the Norseman's daughter comes
E'en now old Ocean rolls,
The wild gale's banner flaps and hums
In lurid cloudy scrolls.
The Sea king's daughter comes to wed
Great England's princely son
The marriage vow to God once said
And glory’s cycle's done.
The Viking, Alfred drove from hence
One thousand years ago,
Returns, and to our Prince presents
This blossom of his snow.
The bright bold blood of Denmark leaps
In Alexandra's vein!
The genius of Gotha sweeps
Thro’ Royal Albert's brain!
Lot beauty, blood, and genius meet
To deck Britannia's throne,
Reflecting at Victoria's feet
A splendour like her own.
We'll hail her Prince,-our ringing oheers
Shall tell how proud are we,
Of one who'll dry thy mother's tears,
And bring such joy to thee.
Make her, dear Prince, thy chiefest care,
As she at home, is dear,
With all the love they bear her there,
May she be cherished here.
Teach all to love her; say at home,
And where our flags unfurl'd,
The mightiest pair ‘neath heaven’s blue dome,
Are happiest in the world.
Entered at Stationers’ Hall.
Born at Buckingham Palace, the eldest son of Queen Victoria. Christened Albert Edward, he was known as "Bertie" throughout his life. He was created Prince of Wales as a baby. In his youth, he gained a reputation as a playboy, and his affair with an actress led indirectly to the early death of his father, Prince Albert.
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