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Gee ho, Dobbin, was introduced in Love in a Village, 1762, to the words, " If you want a young man with a true honest heart." It is also to be found in Thompson's and many other collections of country-dances.
Oliver Goldsmith, in his description of " The Club of Choice Spirits," makes the pimple-nosed gentleman sing Gee ho, Dobbin.
The new and old versions of the tune differ considerably, but the limit of space forbids the printing more than one. The following is the popular form: —
The simplicity and grandeur of our national air is too universally admitted, to require comment. Its adoption in Hanover, Brunswick, Prussia, Saxony, Weimar, Sweden, and Russia (at least till 1833, when the new Russian anthem wa3 composed), sufficiently proves that its admiration is not confined to England. In Switzerland it is the air of the federal cantons, " Rufst du, mein Vaterland," and is occasionally played as a voluntary in the churches. In Germany it is " Hail to thee in the crown of victory " (" Heil dir im Sieges Kranz"); or a song of united Germany, for God, Freedom, and Fatherland (" Brause, du Frei-heitsang"). The Austrians sing Haydn's hymn, " Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser!" but it has been justly remarked that, " with all its melody and sweet­ness, the Austrian hymn has too much of the psalm in it; it wants the manly, majestic, full-hearted boldness of the strains, in which we are accustomed to express not more our respect for our monarch, than our love for our country."
Much research has been bestowed on the endeavour to ascertain the origin both of the words and the music; and to collect all that has been said, would fill
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