Jewish World Review June 11, 2013/ 3 Tamuz, 5773
G0D save the queen
By Paul Greenberg
http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | G0D save our gracious Queen
Long live our noble Queen
G0D save the Queen
Send her victorious
Happy and glorious
Long to reign over us
G0D save the Queen
Sixty years. Sixty years on the throne of the
Yes, she's the same
Sixty years. Oh, the troubles she's seen. ... You have to wonder, looking back, if you've been watching a royal saga or a British soap opera. Why not both? Between her scandal-prone family, the Irish Troubles that never seemed to go away, a succession of prime ministers that ranged from mediocre to magnificent, Her Majesty has been through a long succession of trials and triumphs that only tempered her character.
Sixty years. Can it have been that long since, even before she was crowned, she was addressing an uncertain nation in her still almost child's voice at Christmas 1952? "You will be keeping it as a holiday,"
Sixty years. And now at 87 a no longer young queen enters Westminster Abbey, this time to hear the Archbishop of
"Here today we gather to give thanks to almighty G0D for the faithful ministry and dutiful service the Queen continues to offer G0D and the people of this nation, the overseas territories and the realms, and as head of the Commonwealth." Time, too, crowns monarchs. And passes its own judgments. Well done, good and faithful servant.
Sixty years. She's now the longest-reigning British monarch since
Sixty years. She may have inherited a royal crown, but she earned what an ancient sage called the highest of crowns -- the crown of a good name. And in the process gave not only the British monarchy but the whole institution of monarchy a good name, redeeming its history from the likes of George III and her uncle Edward VIII, aka the Duke of Windsor. Which took some doing, not to mention endurance, dedication and just plain longevity.
Sixty years. No one ever confused this Elizabeth with an intellectual, thank G0D, but she had something far rarer and more valuable than intellectuality: common sense. That, and her respect for the simple proprieties, which is a much underestimated gift in these times, got her and her realm through many a crisis. More good than great, much like her father, good King
Decline? Contrary to some appearances, there will always be an
Or as George Orwell put it in his "England Your England" after witnessing both the fascist and Communist cruelties of the Spanish Civil War:
"Yes, there is something distinctive and recognizable in English civilization. It is a culture as individual as that of
Just as this queen is the same 14-year-old girl obliged, like so many evacuated English schoolchildren, to take shelter away from her mother and father and home during the Blitz.
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Sixty years on now, may this queen -- and her realm -- be granted many happy, healthy years more. Though the end of her life and reign approaches inevitably, may it still be afar off. But when it arrives, in addition to the joyous ceremonies all through her Jubilee Year, with Her Majesty's permission, allow me to utter one more wish and prayer for her in addition to all those hosannas sung at Westminster Abbey last Tuesday. It comes from the Compline, the service at the end of the day in the incomparable Book of Common Prayer: a peaceful night and a perfect end.
JWR contributor Paul Greenberg, editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, has won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing. Send your comments by clicking here.
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