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Thread #89237   Message #1686054
Posted By: GUEST,Joe_F
05-Mar-06 - 08:29 PM
Thread Name: Tune Add: The tops in National Anthems
Subject: RE: Tune Add: The tops in National Anthems
"All the brass instruments and big drums in the world cannot turn `God Save the King' into a good tune, but on the very rare occasions when it is sung in full it does spring to life in the two lines:

Confound their politics,

Frustrate their knavish tricks!

And, in fact, I had always imagined that the second verse is habitually left out because of a vague suspicion on the part of the Tories that these lines refer to themselves." -- George Orwell (1943)

Even more impressive, to me, are the lines "May she defend our laws, And ever give us cause To sing with heart and voice," etc. Invoking divine aid to make the Sovereign mind her business shows a lively appreciation of a continuing problem.

--- Joe Fineman

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