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Re: God Save the Queen in British Theaters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0622  Tuesday, 1 April 2003

From:           Don Bloom <
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Date:           Monday, 31 Mar 2003 09:19:22 -0600
Subject: 14.0616 Re: God Save the Queen in British Theaters
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0616 Re: God Save the Queen in British Theaters

This matter of England and its anthem puzzles me.

What should we call that part of the British Isles that isn't Scotland,
Wales, Ireland or Ulster? East Manxia?

This has relevance to our (ostensible) topic since WS seems to have had
a very urgent sense of its existence and a lot of patriotic pride. Even
if England is an illusion, it's an illusion that he believed in.
Whatever constitutional adaptations that have come along since don't
affect that fact.

Cheers,
don

PS: I remember reading in a popular novel long ago that the Restoration
Cavaliers had an anthem that they sang for the king: "Here's health unto
his majesty (with a tow-row-row and a tow-row); confusion to his enemies
(with a tow etc.)" Is this true? Were there such things earlier -- for
Elizabeth or James?

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