The Poet Laureate

Woven by Charles Newsome, Coventry.

Reference Number:-  
one 16  

Silk panel with words dedicated to Princess Alexandra


pattern with "CN" intertwined 
The Poet Laureate.
Sea-kings' daughter from over the sea,
Alexandra !
Saxon and Norman and Dane are we,
But all of us Danes in our welcome of thee.
Alexandra !
Welcome her, thunders of fort and of fleet!
Welcome her, thundering cheer of the street!
Welcome her, all things youthful and sweet,
Scatter the blossom under her feet!
Break, happy land, into earlier flowers!
Make music. O bird, in the new-budded bowers!
Welcome her, welcome her, all that is ours!
Warble. O bugle, and trumpet, blare!
Flags, flutter out upon turrets and towers!
Flames, on the windy headland flare!
Utter your jubilee, steeple and spire!
Clash, ye bells, in the merry March air!
Flash, ye cities, in rivers of fire!
Welcome her, welcome the land's desire.
Alexandra !
Sea-kings' daughter as happy as fair,
Blissful bride of a blissful heir,
Bride of the heir of the kings of the sea,
O joy to the people and joy to the throne,
Come to us, love us and make us your own:
For Saxon or Dane or Norman we,
Teuton or Celt, or whatever we be,
We are each all Dane in our welcome of thee.
Alexandra !

Landed at Gravesend March 7, 1863
Married at Windsor March 10, 1863
Size of Silk:

24.5cm long by 8.5cm wide

Alternative back-ground colours:
This design has not been recorded before in any published list.

This Victorian silk, produced by Charles Newsome of Coventry in 1863, commemorates the marriage of Price Albert Edward (son of Queen Victoria, and future King Edward VII) to Princess Alexandra of Denmark.
The poem, " A Welcome ", was penned by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the then poet laureate, to both welcome Princess Alexandra and to celebrate the royal marriage.

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