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Thread #160809   Message #3815684
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
20-Oct-16 - 10:34 AM
Thread Name: Before 'God Save the King'?
Subject: RE: Before 'God Save the King'?
Nobody seems to have thought of National Anthems before. There were drinking songs like "Here's a Health Unto His Majesty" or the French "Vive Henri IV" - Here's a version of that I rather like

But theidea of official National Anthems seems to have been a 20th century invention.
I've thought it poignant that the opposite sides in the Great War both used the God Save the King tune for patriotic purposes.
"God save the Quing" - I like that. Of course you could have the meritocratic version instead "God Save the Keen".