Here's a health to the King (Joseph Stephenson)
- Editor: Edmund Gooch (submitted 2012-06-13). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 54 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: The order of parts in the source as given here. The top stave is printed in the alto clef in the source, while the second stave down is printed in the treble clef without indication of which octave is intended: it has here been understood as a tenor part. The following notes are printed as dotted crochets in the source, but have here been emended to dotted quavers: bar 8, beat 1, tenor, note G; bar 35, beat 1, bass voice part, note E.
First published: 1758
Description: This song was printed on one side of a single sheet, without details of printer, place of publication or date, bearing only the attribution 'Words & Music by J. Stephenson'. C. Humpries and W. C. Smith, in Music Publishing in the British Isles (p275, 2nd edition, Oxford: Blackwell, 1970) identify the composer as Joseph Stephenson, the publishers as James Rivington and James Fletcher, and the date as 1758. Similarly, Humphries and Smith attribute the publication of Stephenson's anthem Sing, O ye heav'ns and fuguing-tune Look down, O God, regard my cry to Rivington and Fletcher in 1758: all three works allude to the recent successes of Frederick II, particularly the victories at Rossbach (5 November 1757) and Leuthen (5 December 1757).
Original text and translations
Here's a health to the King, who sits on the throne,
And to glorious Prince George, that's Heir to the Crown:
Here's likewise a health to Duke William renown'd,
And to Prussia's great monarch, whose actions are crown'd
With laurels victorious: Ye Britons, now sing
Of their honour and fame, so God save the King.