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until the day

Track 6 Ivor Novello Rose of England ( HMV1959)

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Rose Of England from The Crest of a Wave and is sang by Ivor Emmanuel &The Williams Singers. (sorry just catch the end of the last track ) This is a HMV recording from 1959 and in mono, but due to the sound quality sounds great on this deep grove record. To me Ivor is our greatest writer of music from the early period and I have others of his work to share with you Noel Coward being the other. Slight problem with the last track being played just before the start sorry. Words: Rose of England Grown in one land alone, Where proud winds have blown; Theres not a flowr Born of the showr Braver than Englands own. Though gales of winter blow Piercing hail and snow, Shining she stays, Bright as in days of yore, Old Englands pride still blossoms fresh on Englands shore. REFRAIN: Rose of England, thou shalt fade not here, Proud and bright from rolling year to year. Red shall thy petals be as rich wine untold Shed by thy warriors who served thee of old. Rose of England, breathing Englands air, Flower of Chivalry beyond compare; While hand and heart endure to cherish thy prime, Thou shalt blossom to the end of Time. Music by: Ivor Novello from Crest of the Wave Words by: Christopher Hassall Ivor Novello was a gay man, well known for some of his more glamorous gay affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobbie Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. For many years, he lived at Littlewick Green in East Berkshire. During World War II, in May 1944, Novello was sentenced to eight weeks in prison (he served four) for misuse of petrol coupons, a serious offence in wartime Britain. An admiring female fan had purloined the fuel from her employer. Serving a sentence together with Novello was Frankie Fraser. For the UK tax year 1943-44, Novello had paid £19,948 income tax from his £35,400 earnings. After his release, he continued to appear successfully on stage and to write shows until the day before his death. Novello died suddenly from a coronary thrombosis at age 58. He was cremated at the Golders Green Crematorium, and his ashes are buried beneath a lilac bush and marked with a plaque which reads "Ivor Novello 6th March 1951 'Till you are home once more'".