They rode through the bannered city –
The King and the Commoner,
And the hopes of the world were with them,
And the heart of the world was astir.
For the moss-grown walls seemed falling
That have shut away men from Kings;
And Deep unto Deep was calling
For the coming of greater things.
They rode to an age-old Palace
Where the feet of the Mighty go –
(A Palace that stands unshaken
Despite the boast of the foe!)
And the King from Kings descending –
And the Man of the People’s choice
In a Super-Man seemed blending,
And they spoke as with one voice.
And one voice now and for ever
Will speak from sea to sea,
Wherever the British Banner
And the Starry Flag float free.
For our fettering chains are sundered
By the evil that turned to good,
And Deep unto Deep has thundered
Its message of Brotherhood.
It was not a pageant of Victors –
Or a triumph hour of man,
That ride through the bannered City,
It was part of a Mighty Plan;
And the sound of old barriers falling
Rose there where those Rulers trod,
For Deep unto Deep was calling
In the resonant Voice of God.