The King's health (John Arnold)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-08-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: King's health, The
Composer: John Arnold

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1786

Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer Description: Arnold included this glee in the 1786 edition of his Essex Harmony. It is possible that this piece, together with his redrafting of How merrily we live (Michael East), was produced for use during the king and queen's two-day military review at Warley Camp, 1778, commemorated in paintings by de Loutherbourg.

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Original text and translations

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Here's a health to the king; King George I mean'
And likewise to Charlotte, our gracious queen,
And the rest of the royal family,
Also wishing them health and prosperity.

Here's a health to all loyal jovial souls,
Who'll laugh and will quaff over flowing bowls;
And old Care we will mind no more than elves,
And we'll now drink a health to our noble selves.