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God Save the King
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Publication of an early version in The Gentleman's Magazine, 15 October 1745. The title, on the contents page, is given as "God save our lord the king: A new song set for two voices".
Imperial anthem of Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom (until 1792)
Flag of Cygnia Cygnia
Music Unknown
Adopted 1784 (in Cygnia)
Music sample

God Save the King is the imperial anthem of Cygnia. The author of the tune is unknown and it may originate in plainchant, but a 1619 attribution to John Bull is sometimes made. It was originally the national and royal anthem of the United Kingdom until it was officially dissolved in 1815. In Cygnia, God Save the King was adopted as its first national anthem as a matter of tradition. After the Empire was formed in 1792 and King Alexander II of the United Kingdom became Cygnia's first Emperor, God Save the King was kept in its original form as the anthem. It remained the de facto national anthem until the National Flag, Arms and Anthem Act of 1931, when The Song of Cygnia was officially adopted as Cygnia's national anthem.

Beyond its first verse, which is consistent, "God Save the King" has many historic and extant versions. Since its first publication, different verses have been added and taken away and, even today, different publications include various selections of verses in various orders. In general, only one verse is sung. Sometimes two verses are sung, and on rare occasions, three.

The Emperor and Empress are saluted with the entire anthem, while other members of the Imperial Family who are entitled to imperial salute (such as the Duke of Augusta) receive just the first six bars. The first six bars also form all or part of the Gubernatorial Salute at the State and Territorial levels.

Lyrics (standard version)Edit

God save our gracious 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:
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix:
God save us all.

Thy choicest gifts in store,
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,
God save the King!