Secure by George's care (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 466 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Secure by George's care
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: Matthew Prior
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1802
Description: A setting of a portion of Prior's "Carmen Seculare for the year 1700". George III has been substituted for William III, but the attitude towards Napoleon is expressed in similar terms to that towards Louis XIV.

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Original text and translations

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Secure by George's care
Nor fear the bold invader's cruel hand.
From adverse shores, in safety let her hear
Foreign calamity and distant war;
Of which, great heav'n, let her no portion bear.
Between the nations let her hold the scale,
And, as she wills, let either part prevail.
Let her glad valleys smile with wavy corn,
Let fleecy flocks her rising hills adorn,
Teach the glad hours to scatter, as they fly,
Soft, quiet, gentle love and endless joy.