Weekly Interlinear Poem







This is the poem
for the week of June 8.
A new interlinear poem
is available each Monday.

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Robert Jackson

This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle

-John of Gaunt's speech from Shakespeare's Richard II


This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,
scepter'd - the king holds a scepter (rod) as a symbol of his power
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
majesty=supreme greatness
Mars was the Roman god of agriculture as well as of war

This other Eden, demi-paradise,
demi=lesser
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
office=situation, service
Or as a moat defensive to a house
Against the envy of less happier lands,
less happier=less happy
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.

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.