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Calling Marshal Wade!


SO PLEASED were Latvians to see the Queen on the second leg of her tour of Baltic states yesterday that they played all three verses of our national anthem. It was something the Duke of Edinburgh had not been expecting.

At a state luncheon in Riga, the capital, 100 guests stood for the anthems of the two countries. The locally recorded version of God Save the Queen was a rich choral treatment. As the melodious notes of the first verse died away, the Duke adopted the half-shut penknife position as he lowered himself back towards his chair.

Suddenly, in mid-squat, the choir boomed out the second verse. The Duke was forced into immediate reverse. Sensing danger, he remained standing as the second verse ended. Sure enough, a third verse followed, and when it finished he asked wearily in a stage whisper: “Is that all?” The Times

What a pity they didn't play all six verses - (below) - I find myself humming the final verse whenever I get sight of Gordon Brown's dour face on the television...

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!

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 enemies,
And 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 o'er.
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 Queen!

Comments

I suspect that Gordon might be the wrong sort of Scot. Alex Salmond might be the fellow. With Gordon's age and background, it's entirely possible he thinks of himself both as Scottish and British. Extravagant and wasteful with our lolly, though. Actually, why not set old Wade on rebellious Englishmen? I'd like to see Sheikh Livingstwat on the end of a bayonet.

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