Sir Walter Ralegh: The Shepherd of the Ocean; Selections from His Poetry and Prose

Sir Walter Ralegh: The Shepherd of the Ocean; Selections from His Poetry and Prose

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Sir Walter Ralegh: The Shepherd of the Ocean; Selections from His Poetry and Prose

Sir Walter Ralegh: The Shepherd of the Ocean; Selections from His Poetry and Prose

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If Drake's drum is beating, Ralegh's sword is out. As the tercentenary of Sir Walter's death approaches, his spirit animates the embattled empire which he "toiled terribly" to found. The fruits of his life have been multiplied a thousand fold. The bright stream of stalwart sons who "call old England home" pouring from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India; the far-flung battle line letting loose its thunders; the gallant seamen still sailing proudly as "shepherds of the ocean"-- these are the results of his enkindling dream of planting colonies in the Western World. Americans should hold his memory dear because he it was who was responsible for this country being an English-speaking nation, based on English common law and democratic institutions. His faith was unquenchable. "I shall yet live," he said of Virginia, which then meant the continent from Florida to Newfoundland, "I shall yet live to see it an English nation." His death becomes the more tragic when it is known that Spain demanded his head not merely as a punishment for his attacks on Spaniards in Guiana, but as a sign that the despicable James I acknowledged Spain as the supreme power in South America. Ralegh was "both the apostle and the martyr of British Colonial Empire."

It is fitting that amid the clash of arms Ralegh's tercentenary should be commemorated by the publi-

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