The Lions Roar

The Lions Roar long poem

Northumberland to Newcastle
And Cumbria’s lofty hills.
Durham down through Cleveland
To Yorkshire’s misty dales.

Across to dear old Lancashire
It’s Mancs and Scousers too.
Cheshire, Staffs and Shropshire
The Severn lands of dew

Across into the Midlands
Leicester, Notts, and Brum
Derbyshire to Warwick
You can hear the voices hum

From Humberside and Lincolnshire
Northants and Norfolk too
From Suffolk back through Cambridgeshire
East Anglian pride so true

From Oxfordshire and Gloucester
Wiltshire, Bristol and Bucks
Berkshire, Hampshire, Surrey
Where aisle of Wight she tucks

Hertford, Essex and London
North and south the Thames
Through Kent and down through Sussex
The south coast to defend

Across the west to Devon
Dorset, Somerset blends
And right on down through Cornwall
Until we reach Lands End

So many hearts of England
Will hear the call to arms
From factory, field and fairway
From steelworks, docks and farms

From ere they come
To answer the call
To defend our shores
And prevent her fall

For Britain is in direst need
Defend her to the core
Unite as one, with claws now raised,
And hear the lions roar!

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Never mind “high on poems” I’ve just taken a rhythmic ride around England in “The Lions Roar”, and loved it.


wonderful you have all the places pegged and yes too all our soldiers up and down our land who lay their lives down for us. A brilliant poem.



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