Subject: Queen at 18
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Sun June 20, 1999 at 11:33PM

Queen at Eighteen


During the sixty-year reign of King George the Third
A new nation was founded, and an Emperor heard
After the Revolutions in America and in France ...
And additional wars fought to have another chance

And a rapid succession of royals fell by the wayside
Including George the Fourth, who had a nine-year slide
And his younger brother - William the Fourth, had six
Before passing on, leaving the throne to the next pick

Victoria was William's niece, and granddaughter of George the Third
And ascended to the British throne as a Saxe-Coburg
Where she would then sit for the next sixty-three years
Guiding England through the greatest prosperity and cheers

For in her reign, there were no major wars at all
And the British Empire extended the very most full
Adding New Zealand, Canada and Australia
And for a while - Egypt, South Africa, Burma

And after a mutiny was suppressed in eighteen fifty-seven
Victoria added the title - Empress of India - to her mentions
One that she held for the next forty-five or so years
As the world grew and grew ... surviving all fears ....

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
10:40pm Sun. June 20th, 1999