Definition of scepter'd isle from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


scepter'd isle

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a phrase describing England, which appears in Shakespeare's play Richard II, in a speech by the character John of Gaunt. It is part of a long list of well-known phrases in praise of England, beginning:
This royal throne of kings, this scepter'd isle,This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,This other Eden, demi-paradiseThis fortress built by Nature for herselfAgainst infection and the hand of war,This happy breed of men, this little world,This precious stone set in the silver sea,..This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.