Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. VIII. National Spirit
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume VIII. National Spirit.  1904.
I. Patriotism
“God save the king”
Henry Carey (1687?–1743)
GOD save our gracious king!
Long live our noble king!
  God save the king!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,        5
Long to reign over us—
  God save the king!
O Lord our God, arise!
Scatter his enemies,
  And make them fall;        10
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks;
On him our hopes we fix,
  God save us all!
Thy choicest gifts in store        15
On him be pleased to pour;
  Long may he reign.
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice—        20
  God save the king!

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