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as have not claimed utterance since the days of our youth … Youth? Youth,
younger friends, we have come to measure not in terms of years, but in
degrees of hope, of faith, of gentleness and of high emprise. And now upon
the scene of the world walks the very figure of these qualities in the person
of our Sovereign Lady.
As last century closed, there was a new idea aflame in the world that
democracy would forthwith advance into full flower and fruit, if the nations
abolished their kings and queens. It looked as simple as rolling off a log.
And so it was. But the log kept on rolling too. And look what it did to the
nations that rolled off. What log rollers Mussolini and Hitler and Stalin
turned out to be … Social evolution, of course, goes forward by trial and
error. We of this Commonwealth have seen that trial; by the grace of God
we have not had to endure the results of that error.
Evolution is a spiral process; it swings up, then down, then up again. In
the depths of such a descent as the world is enduring now, a compensating
force of return is being engendered, powerful and irresistible as the swing
of a planet. Through the darkness, dawn comes on; in the dead of winter,
we know the sure promise of returning spring. There are always signs and
tokens. The white and green of snowdrops in the grass are the forerunners
of summer and roses. It is in the air of this city and country now. And in the
wider, different cycle of world affairs, every one of us feels, knows the resurgence
of vital, new, splendid promise. It is beyond evidence or argument,
as spring is. It is real as gladness, precious as joy, tangible as the clasp of
So brightly led, it is for us all to go forward with new courage, fresh hope.
In the forefront of our advancing pageant, crowned with our loyalty and
love, Queen Elizabeth leads the van.