Our last greeting in Canada was from the English officers in the pleasant barracks at that place (a class of gentlemen who had made every hour of our visit memorable by their hospitality and friendship); and with 'Rule Britannia
' sounding in our ears, soon left it far behind.
What evenings, when the candles came, and I was expected to employ myself, but, not daring to read an entertaining book, pored over some hard-headed, harder-hearted treatise on arithmetic; when the tables of weights and measures set themselves to tunes, as 'Rule Britannia
', or 'Away with Melancholy'; when they wouldn't stand still to be learnt, but would go threading my grandmother's needle through my unfortunate head, in at one ear and out at the other!
This is a very difficult thing to accomplish, because working-men, like the people called their betters, do not always understand their own interests, and will often actually help their oppressors to exterminate their saviours to the tune of 'Rule Britannia
,' or some such lying doggerel.
While the third syllable is in preparation, the band begins a nautical medley--"All in the Downs," "Cease Rude Boreas," "Rule Britannia
," "In the Bay of Biscay O!"--some maritime event is about to take place.
On his taking the recorders - very like a little black flute that had just been played in the orchestra and handed out at the door - he was called upon unanimously for Rule Britannia
. When he recommended the player not to saw the air thus, the sulky man said, "And don't you do it, neither; you're a deal worse than him!" And I grieve to add that peals of laughter greeted Mr.
'It might have been Rule Britannia
,' muttered Eugene, 'but it wasn't.
They believed that foreigners had no independent spirit, as never being escorted to the poll in droves by Lord Decimus Tite Barnacle, with colours flying and the tune of Rule Britannia
EMILY Thornberry protesting it was "sexist" to ask her to name the French foreign minister (it's Jean-Marc Ayrault, Emily) wasn't an excuse available to, for example, David Cameron when he didn't know who composed Rule Britannia
(Thomas Arne) or a Sports Minister, Richard Caborn, failing to identify the captain of rugby's British and Irish Lions (at the time Martin Johnson).
Whatever happened to "Rule Britannia
. Britain never never ever shall be slaves?" RITA MILLER, Whickham
Why can't the Rule Britannia
mob give their jingoism a rest?
NEW Prom Crazy: Frocks & Ferraris ITV, 9pm Once upon a time the only proms we heard about were the sort that pumped Rule Britannia
out of the Albert Hall.
Which composer set Rule Britannia
! to in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo?