God Save the King

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God Save the King (or Queen),

the English national anthem. The words and music are both of doubtful origin. The air, possibly derived from a folk tune, has been attributed to Henry Carey (whose claim to authorship seems the strongest), Lully, and John Bull; it is used in AmericaAmerica,
in music, a patriotic hymn of the United States. The words (beginning "My country, 'tis of thee") were written in 1832 by Samuel Francis Smith while he was a theological student in Andover, Massachusetts.
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, and in the Danish hymn Heil Dir, dem libendem.


See R. Clark, Account of the National Anthem (1822), and W. H. Cummings, God Save the King (1902).

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