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 Nation of Shopkeepers.National Anthems. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
National Anthem.
Both the music and words were composed by Dr. Henry Carey in 1740. However, in Antwerp cathedral is a MS. copy of it which affirms that the words and music were by Dr. John Bull; adding that it was composed on the occasion of the discovery of Gunpowder Plot, to which the words “frustrate their knavish tricks” especially allude.   1

 Nation of Shopkeepers.National Anthems. 


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