Monday, 13 August 2012

National Imprecatory Anthem

I guess like many people this year, what with the Jubilee and the Olympics I have been reintroduced to the two verse version of our national anthem. 
What I didn't realise until I was browsing through Schott's Original Miscellany (while waiting to pick someone up from the train station on Saturday) is that there are actually 5 verses (p 54). 
And they reveal at least a passing influence of the psalms on our national song!

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. 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!

3. 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 us all!

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

No comments: