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But, for the satisfaction of my readers, I will insert the song of " God save great George our King," as it is printed in the original text, in the Gentleman's Magazine, for October, 1745,* where it is called a song for two voices, sung at both playhouses, and runs thus :
"God save great George our King,
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
O Lord our God, arise!
And make them fall:
Confound their politics,
O save us all!
Thy choicest gifts in store,
And ever give us cause
To sing, with heart and voice,
God save the King!"
* In the Gentleman's Magazine is the original tune, which J. C. Smith complains of, and altered at Carey's request.
A SONG for two Voices, sung at both Play-houses.
The Love is the original Time as set for two Vices by Heary Carey; which LC. Sui id & Carry'ir. -quest.
The stanzas which follow have been occasional,
and added to the original song.
Lord grant that Marshal Wade*
May, by thy mighty aid,
May he sedition hush,
And like a torrent rush,
From ev'ry latent foe,+
From the assassin's blow,
God save the King!
O'er him thine arm extend,
For Britons' sake defend,
Our father, prince, and friend!
"Every one who has read the history of the Scotch rebellion, in 1745, will remember that Marshal Wade was a commander of great and
This verse was added and sung on the defeat of the Scotch Rebels, 1745.
+ This stanza was written by Mr. Sheridan, during the performance of the evening, on account of his Majesty having been shot at by James Hadfield, a maniac, at Drury-Lane Theatre, on the 15th of May, 1800. It gave peculiar pleasure, and was vociferously encored by the whole audience.
eminent ability, employed by our government to repel the factious spirit of the Caledonians who were hostile to this country at that time, and invaded many of the northern parts of this island.
"The following letter of the ingenious Dr. Harington, of Bath, strongly corroborates the authenticity of my father's being the author of the song in question hearing from Mr. Sale, during my stay at Windsor, that the Doctor was in possession of this piece of information, I entreated him to make it known to me, which he politely and readily acquiesced in, saying
The anecdote you mention respecting your father being the author and composer of the words and melody of "God save great George our King" is certainly true; that most respectable gentleman, Mr. Smith, my worthy friend and patient, has often told me what follows, viz. "That your father came to him with the words and music, desiring him to correct the bass, which Mr. Smith told him was not proper ; and at your father's request he wrote down another in correct harmony.' Mr Smith, to whom I read your letter this day, the 13th of June, repeated the same again. His advanced age and present in
The above letter is now in the possession of the Celebrated Jurgeon, Heavisided.