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Rule Britannia

Rule Britannia

Text: James Thomson and David Mallet

Music: Thomas Augustine Arne (1710-1778)

When Britain first at Heav'ns Command

Arose from out the Azure main

This was the Charter of the Land,

And Guardian Angels Sung this Strain:

Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the Waves,

Britons never will be slaves.

The Nations, not so blest as thee,

Must, in their Turns, to Tyrants fall:

While thou shalt flourish great and free,

The Dread and Envy of them all.

Rule Britannia...

Still more majestic shalt thou rise,

More dreadful from each foreign Stroke:

As the loud Blast that tears the Skies,

Serves but to root thy native Oak:

Rule Britannia...

Thee haughty Tyrants ne'er shall tame:

All their Attempts to bend thee down,

Will but arouse thy generous Flame:

But work their Woe and thy renown.

Rule Britannia...

The Muses still, with freedom found,

Shall to thy happy Coast repair:

Blest Isle! with matchless Beauty crown'd

And manly Hearts to guard the Fair.

Rule Britannia...


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