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Verse 4: "An impromptu by R.B. Sheridan on the night (May 15th 1800) that Hadfield (a maniac) attempted to assassinate George the third, at Drury lane Theatre by firing a pistol at him as he entered his Box_ When the confusion caused by the event subsided, "God save the King" was unanimously called for, which was sung with this addition written by Sheridan on the spur of the moment."

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God save great George our King,
Long live our noble King!
God save the King.
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us;
God save the King.

O Lord,
our God arise,
Scatter his enemies,
And make them fall!
Oh! Lord our God arise!
Scatter his enemies,
And make them fall.
Confound their politicks,
Frustrate their knavish trick,
On thee our hopes we fix
God save the King!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On George be pleas'd to pour;
Long may he reign:
may he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice
God save the King!

From ev'ry latent foe
From the assassins blow
God save the King!
O'er him thine arm extend;
For Britains sake defend
Our father prince and friend:
God save the King!



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