O where are kings and empires now
O where are kings and empires now. Arthur Cleveland Coxe* (1818-1896).
The customary form of this hymn is that of four quatrains, selected from Coxe’s longer poem, ‘Chelsea’, a tribute to the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, where he was a divinity student. According to JJ, it first appeared in the Churchman (1839). In ten 8-line stanzas, it was published in Coxe’s Christian Ballads (1840). It is a confident poem in which the opening is charmingly set in England:
When old Canute the Dane Was merry England’s king; A thousand years agone, and more, As ancient rymours sing! His boat was rowing down the Cam At eve, one summer day, When Ely’s tall cathedral peered...
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