God save the King (Traditional)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with alternative words.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid alternative words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-02-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with alternative words.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2019-01-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arranged for SATB.
Editor: Glenn O'Brien (submitted 2011-12-21).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 19 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Arrangement revised January 2012.

General Information

Title: God save the King (aka God save the Queen)
Composer: Thomas Arne

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or TTBB
Genre: SacredHymnPatriotic music

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
  2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 293

Description: Used as a national anthem in much of the British empire, and in Germany 1871-1919 as "Heil dir im Siegerkranz". Verse 2 of alternative words by William Edward Hickson (1803-1870).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

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.

O Lord, our God, arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall;
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

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.

English.png English text

Alternative words:
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.

Nor on this land alone,
but be God’s mercies known
from shore to shore.
Lord, make the nations see
that all should brothers be
and form one family
the wide world o’er.