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-Patriae Infelici Fidelis-

                  (Dedicated to my Sister Patricia in South Africa)

“Faithful to my unhappy country”
etched to my ancestor's cress
a millennium years or so ago
in a sorrowful ravaged
war-tourned Engel-land.

How their hearts must have cried
for peace to reign
over their country
and their town of Stopford
now known as Stockport
in Cheshire county
for the dirge to change it's tune
The pity is, that still today
that motto rings out true
though the country
now is a different one
faithful I will stay
to this the land of my birth
this confused and unhappy
South Africa

Copyright © Christopher Stopford

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