English Want to Sing Own Anthem

The readers of This England Magazine have chosen Land of Hope and Glory as their favourite anthem for England.

This England’s National Anthem Survey

Many thanks to all of you who voted either through the website or by post. Thank you also for your many interesting comments, a selection of which will be published in the summer edition of This England, together with details of the “Other” suggestions. The results of the vote are as follows:

Should England have its own National Anthem?
Yes 93%
No 7%

What would your choice of National Anthem be?
Jerusalem 17%
Land of Hope and Glory 40%
I Vow to Thee, My Country 32%
Rule Britannia 3%
Other 8%

Daily Express: English Want to Sing Own Anthem

19 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Simon says:

    God save the Queen is the national anthem of England and the United Kingdom. It must not be changed. This is an attack on the union and the monarchy. Just because Wales and Scotland stupidly chose to adopt a new anthem is no reason for England to do the same.

    I dont want Jerusalem. I dont want Land of Hope and Glory.

    I want God save the Queen – Monarchy is a huge part of English and British identity.

    • Gareth says:

      And when the Scots and Welsh boo God Save the Queen because the English use it as their anthem, you think that’s good for the monarchy and the union do you?

    • Geoff, England says:

      The soul-destroying ‘melody’ to GSTQ was clearly written by somebosy who hated music, and as for the subservient, sycophantic words, please. they were written for a time when people were expected to scrape and bow to monarchs, as if the monarchy was a deity. If you expect me to kowtow to anybody, forget it. I’m certainly not going to kowtow to a royal family who are part of the England-hating establishment. By the way, where does GSTQ mention England or Britain or any of the peoples of this divided kingdom? Most anthems mention the countries they belong to.

      I’m with Kitto on this one. ‘Jerusalem’ is progressive, it mentions the word ‘England’, and it’s stirring. Job done.

    • Robert says:

      It may be your view but you’re flat wrong. England is not the UK and the UK is not England. This is the sort of arrogant attitude that the Scots and others loathe in the English; to behave like England is the UK and it can just adopt the union song as its own. How pompous.

      The amount of times I have stood up at Twickenham and had to listen to the soulless uninspiring dirge that is GSTQ knowing it is not even England’s anthem leaves me cold to the core. England needs an anthem and it needs it now more than ever to save our country from the twits who don’t care and fools like you who still swan along in their plus fours dreaming of Empire.

    • Lewis says:

      listen england has lost it idenity we need a new national anthem for england because everytime we sing god save the queen we are singing we are with the church of england i am catholic an anthem should have nothing to do with religon

  2. Kitto says:

    Jerusalem all the way for me.

    • Mee says:

      Me too. Jerusalem all the way.
      English poet. (The work of William Blake is an English treasure)
      English words.
      Celebrates our country.
      As patriotic as it gets.

      Yep. Jerusalem! All the way.
      :)

      Sadly there are many idiots who don’t even know what the song is about. Annoys me when people think God Save the Queen is the English National anthem. It is the BRITISH anthem! These are usually the same idiots that write racist slurs about immigrants. They go on about what it is to be English but couldn’t even pass a citizenship test.

      Fools!

      Oh yeah, and jerusalem ftw! :)

  3. Nigel says:

    God save the queen is not an English anthem. It is a Monarchist anthem that represents Northern Ireland too, and is only supposed to represent the royal family, therefore England does not have its own anthem. England should have its own anthem. Whats so special about Scotland and Wales that only they should have one?? I say ditch the non-English GSTQ and bring in Jerusalem.

  4. wayne says:

    I vow to thee, my country..It’s the best Anthem for England…..

    I vow to thee , my country, all earthly things above,
    entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love.
    The love that asks no questions, the love that stands the test, that lays upon the alter the dearest and the best.
    the love that never falters, the love that pays the price.
    the love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

  5. dave says:

    I’m UK (England) born, but grew up in Canada. We have the Canadian National Anthem (in two languarges) and GTSQ as our Royal Anthem. England deserves both as well.
    I like I vow to thee.

    • Alastair says:

      And a fine National Anthem Canada has too. I have family over there and happily sing along when I’ve watched Hockey with them. England needs something as stirring and patriotic as ‘Oh Canada!’.

  6. Annabella says:

    The arrogant Scots, Irish and Welsh have there own parliaments and anthems but dont want us to have either. We need both and should be an independent country again.

    • Paul says:

      Not so sure about the Scots etc. being arrogant, but England should have it’s own Anthem. I am half English and half Welsh,I am also a Royalist (maybe unpopular in certain circles but there you have it). I love GSTQ as an Anthem for the UK, but as has been said before it is not right for England alone. I love the fact that when Wales play sport a Welsh Anthem is played and I would also love to see England run out and sing “I vow to thee my Country”, the Full version as well please so include –
      I heard my country calling, away across the sea
      Across the waste of waters she calls and calls to me
      Her sword is girded at her side, her helmet on her head
      And around her feet are lying the dying and the dead
      I hear the noise of battle, the thunder of her guns
      I haste to thee my mother, a son among thy sons –
      Sorry to those who feel it is Jingoistic or some such nonsense it is part of the poem and should be included. We did once hear it (the sanitised version)in a Rugby match against Canada played at Wembley… Will Carling had something to do with that if I remember and it went down really well… my view anyway.

  7. John says:

    The music for God Save The Queen is the same as the national anthem of Liechtenstein, and it doesn’t sound like a dirge when they play it. It must only in the UK. Also for the Commonwealth games ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ is used when ever England win a medal.

  8. PETER says:

    NOT ONLY IS IT CALLED “JERUSALEM” BUT IT MENTIONS IT IN THE LYRICS!! WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ENGLAND!!!

    • Gareth says:

      ‘Jerusalem’ is a metaphor, it’s not the actual Jerusalem that William Blake is referring to.

    • Mee says:

      You sir, would do well to become a little more cultured before making idiotc slurs.
      “Jerusalem” is a poem (and hymn) written by William Blake. The lyrics are as below.

      JERUSALEM (from ‘Milton’)

      by: William Blake (1757-1827)

      And did those feet in ancient time
      Walk upon England’s mountains green?
      And was the holy Lamb of God
      On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
       
      And did the Countenance Divine
      Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
      And was Jerusalem builded here
      Among these dark Satanic Mills?
       
      Bring me my bow of burning gold!
      Bring me my arrows of desire!
      Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
      Bring me my chariot of fire!
       
      I will not cease from mental fight,
      Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,
      Till we have built Jerusalem
      In England’s green and pleasant land.

      Textual analysis:
      The poem basically refers to the ancient legend that, as a boy, Jesus by his uncle uncle on a visit to England.

      Blake felt that made England a special place by having been seen by Jesus’ “Countenance Divine”. It therefore made England a good place for the building of “New Jerusalem” or (in our terms) to deem it a holy place.

      Blake felt that the negative effects of industry (satanic mills) could be eased by the installation of good things such as those ethics installed by Christianity.

      He then goes on to speak of defending the English land (metaphorically) against evil and installing the good of Jerusalem (Christianity). He asks everyone in England to unite in the fight to defend our country and to make our country a place fit for heaven on earth or paradise.

      I’m a flat out atheist but this is a patriotic song/poem and so it inspires me.

      Hopefully this makes my point.

      • Gareth says:

        Hi Mee,

        I think William Blake was more complex than you suggest. Yes, the poem refers to the legend that Jesus visited England as a boy. But I think Blake is asking a rhetorical question. The British Israelites certainly believed that the English were a chosen people and that Jesus had visited as a boy. However, I don’t believe that William Blake believed it. So the answer to the question “And did those feet in ancient time; Walk upon England’s mountains green?” could be NO.

        That’s the great thing about the poem, it’s open to interpretation.

        I’m an atheist too but I love Jerusalem.

  9. Lewis says:

    land of hope and glory for me fuck god save the queen

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