Friday, December 01, 2006

I've done my homework...

ok, here it is the full and complete version of "God save the Queen"- our national anthem; but first some interesting facts for all you fact fans:
1. it was first publicly performed in London in 1745 for King George II after his defeat of Jacobite, claimate to both Scottish and English throne
2. It was the first song ever to be used as a national anthem, in the history of the world...
3. and hence the tune (and in some cases words) were copied by numerous other countries. The following countries have all used the complete song (translated) or just the melody as their anthem; France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechenstein.
4. In football, when England played Liechenstein in a Euro 2004 qualifier the same tune was played twice!
5. The tune was played at the inauragration of President Bush in 2001- it is known in the US by its first line (which is an altered), "My country, Tis of thee"
6. Only verses 1 (and very occasionally 3) are sung on official occasions; verse 6 is never sung and causes great offence in some parts of Scotland!

1. 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!

2. O Lord our God arise,
Scatter her enemiesAnd make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all!

3. 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!

4. 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 over.

5. 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!

6. 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 King!

On occasssions either "Jerusalem" or "Land of Hope and Glory" are substituted. (eg when England plays Scotland/Wales in a sporting event)

...and that rather just proves i have a little too much time on my hands!

2 Comments:

Anonymous T'Ann said...

Well done Katie ... very thorough!

We sang verses 1 and 3 at the Albert Hall the other week, so it does happen occasionally!

What are you planning to do at Christmas?

1:43 PM  
Blogger Bald Mike said...

So you come on my blog and leave abusive messages about me not having updated it, and all you do is copy out the national anthem! Poor effort :-).

2:36 AM  

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