Rule, Britannia!

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Rule, Britannia! es una canción patriótica británica, originaria del poema de James Thomson y musicalizada por Thomas Arne en 1740. Su fama creció con la expansión marítima del Reino Unido y ha perdurado hasta hoy. Suele cantarse en el concierto «Last Night of the Proms», televisado cada verano por la BBC. También acostumbra a cantarse en eventos públicos como botaduras de buques de la Royal Navy o en los partidos de la selección inglesa de fútbol, donde a menudo resuena su verso más popular, «Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves. Britons never never never will be slaves».

El poema[editar]

«Rule, Britannia!»
Una copia dañada de una grabación en cilindro fonográfico realizada por Albert Farrington en 1914 para Edison Records.

When Britain first at Heav'n's command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain;
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never never never will be slaves.
The nations not so blest as thee,
Shall in their turns to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never never never will be slaves.
Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful from each foreign stroke;
As the loud blast that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never never never will be slaves.
Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame,
All their attempts to bend thee down
Will but arouse thy generous flame;
But work their woe, and thy renown.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never never never will be slaves.
To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine;
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles thine.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never never never will be slaves.
The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crowned,
And manly hearts to guide the fair.
Rule, Britannia! Britannia, rule the waves:
Britons never never never will be slaves.

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