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Rule Britannia

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Rule Britannia

Rule Britannia

 When Britain first, at Heaven's command
 Arose from out the azure main;
 Arose from out the azure main;
 This was the charter, the charter of the land,
 And guardian angels sang this strain:

CHO: Rule Britannia! Britannia rules the waves
     Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.

 The nations, not so blest as thee
 Must, in their turns to tyrants fall
 Must, in their turns to tyrants fall
 While thou shalt flourish, shalt flourish great and free
 The dread and envy of them all.

 Still more majestic shalt thou rise
 More dreadful from each foreign stroke
 More dreadful from each foreign stroke
 As the loud blast, the blast that tears the skies
 Serves but to root thy native oak.

 Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame
 All their attempts to bend thee down
 All their attempts to bend thee down
 Will but arouse, arouse thy generous flame
 But work their woe, and thy renown.

 To thee belongs the rural reign
 Thy cities shall with commerce shine
 Thy cities shall with commerce shine
 All thine shall be, shall be the subject main
 And every shore it circles thine.

 The Muses, still with freedom found
 Shall to thy happy coast repair
 Shall to thy happy coast repair
 Blest isle with matchless, with matchless beauty crowned
 And manly hearts to guard the fair.
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