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Full length studio portait of Kennerley Rumford and Clara Butt.
Kennerley Rumford and Clara Butt by May and Mina Moore

It was said of Clara Butt that ‘on a clear day, you could have heard her across the English channel’. In 1913 the renowned contralto and her husband, baritone Kennerley Rumford, came to Australia. Their tour included the first performance at Tait’s Auditorium, Melbourne. ‘Land of hope and glory’ was the most popular inclusion in their concerts.

Land of hope and glory by Dame Clara Butt

Music by Sir Edward Elgar and words by Arthur Christopher Benson, conducted by Arthur Godfrey, recorded by His Master’s Voice HMV 03510, March 1915
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Presenters: Dame Clara Butt


Dear land of hope, thy hope is crowned,
God make thee mightier yet!
On sovereign brows, beloved, renowned,
Once more thy crown is set.
Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained,
Have ruled thee well and long;
By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained,
Thine Empire shall be strong.


Land of hope and glory, mother of the free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born
of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee
mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee
mightier yet.

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