God Save the Queen

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Music by: unknown

God Save the Queen is the oldest national anthem in the world and was first performed in London in 1745 after George II defeated the Jacobite claimant to the throne, “Bonnie Prince Charlie, which is the reason for the ‘anti-Scottish’ sixth verse.

It is used as the UK national anthem, but is also one of two national anthems of New Zealand and the royal anthem of many Commonwealth countries including Australia and Canada.

Surprisingly it is not the official UK national anthem as it has never been adopted by Royal Proclamation or Act of Parliament, and hence there is also no authorised version. Contrary to the opinions of many Scots and Welsh neither is it ‘England’s national anthem’ as God Save the King (as it was then) was first played in 1745, well after the Act of Union to create the British State in 1707, and well after the take over of England and Wales by the Scottish crown in 1603.

Moreover the Queen is not specifically Queen of England since England is not mentioned in her titles, which are “Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her other realms and territories”.

Scholars are unsure to whom, and to which year, the work should be attributed – Henry Carey (1740) is usually credited but John Bull and Thomas Arne are also cited – but Scots claim that it dates back as far as an old carol of 1611 called “Remember O thou man”.

It is also the national anthem of Norway (sung in Norwegian), as their royal family descends from Queen Victoria, and in the past it has functioned as the anthem of Prussia, Denmark and Russia. The same melody is also the national anthem of Liechtenstein, and in the USA it accompanies “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” considered by many Americans to be their unofficial national anthem.

God Save the Queen

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen:

Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the Queen.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter her enemies,
And make them fall.

Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save the Queen.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign:

May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the Queen.

Not in this land alone,
But be God’s mercies known,
From shore to shore!

Lord make the nations see,
That men should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world ov’er.

From every latent foe,
From the assassins blow,
God save the Queen!

O’er her thine arm extend,
For Britain’s sake defend,
Our mother, prince, and friend,
God save the Queen!

Lord grant that Marshal Wade
May by thy mighty aid
Victory bring.

May he sedition hush,
And like a torrent rush,
Rebellious Scots to crush.

God save the Queen!

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Abide With Me, a hymn penned in the mid-18005, is among the tunes most commonly heard in musical hallucinations, according to British psychiatrist Dr. Nick Warner. — Presbyterian Record

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