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MUSIO OF THE WATUHS.                 255
soldiers they are considered worthless. In the case of the Finns it is different, seeing they are numbered amongst the best seamen in Russia.
The crew, or " equipage," as the Russians call it, gene­rally includes twenty-five musicians, who supply the music that is necessary on some occasions, for there is, I am told, a good deal of ceremony observed in the Russian Navy. For instance, on setting out on a voyage, or on the return from a long one, the band will play the National Anthem, the sailors singing it bareheaded :—
" God protect the Czar, The right believing Czar; His reign lead us to glory—
To glory, us! Let him reign and confound his foes, The right believing Czar ; God, O God, protect the Czar ! "
I have given the words quite literally, and without attempting to set them to the music, which, no doubt, adapts itself very suitably to the Russian syllables.
THE RUSSIAN NATIONAL ANTHEM.







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