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Folk Song Information

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Book TitleAuthorDateNotes
Song TitleHere's a health to King George
Roud No.1232
Collected FromCouling, Lot
Collected ByWilliams, Alfred
Alternative Title
Source PrimaryWSRO: 2598/36 Packet 2 - Gloucestershire: Williams, A: MS collection No Gl 97
Source SecondaryWilts and Gloucestershire Standard, 12th August, 1916, p 3, Part 41, No. 2: Williams, A: Folk songs of the upper Thames, 1923, p 49.
Song Lyrics
Verse 1

Come, come, my brave boys let's be merry and free,
Here's a health to all loyal good souls as are we!
We are all met together, in mirth to combine,
So you drink to your friends, and I'll drink to mine.

Verse 2

Here's a health to King George, our sovereign is he,
Success to his arms both by land and by sea!
May Britons triumphant for ever remain;
Then down with the pride of both France and of Spain!

Verse 3

Once more to King George let this health then go round,
Confusion to his enemies, where'er they are found!
Let each man drink a bumper, and then let him sing -
Success to old England and God bless the King!
Print Song Lyrics
Williams, Alfred: Ms / WGS:: 'This old and interesting song I recently discovered at Kempsford: it used to be sung by the grandfather of my contributor. Possibly George II is intended: it was during his reign, i.e. in 1739, that war against Spain was declared by Walpole. Copy obtained of L Couling, Kempsford.'

Williams, Alfred: FSUT: 'This old and interesting song I discovered at Kempsford; it used to be sung by the grandfather of my contributor. Possibly George II is intended. Obtained of L Couling, Kempsford.

Transcribed and edited by Chris Wildridge, 2010.



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