What are the lyrics to the UK’s national anthem, ‘God Save The Queen’?

God Save The Queen has been sung by Brits since 1744, but how many of us actually know the words...?

what are the lyrics to god save the queen

Who composed and wrote God Save The Queen/King?

‘God Save The Queen/King’ was first published in 1744, during the reign of George II. It is not known who wrote the lyrics or composed the tune, but Percy Scholes, in The Oxford Companion to Music, points out to similarities to a keyboard piece by John Bull (1619) , and a piece by Henry Purcell, which  includes the opening notes of the modern tune. The lyrics could have been inspired by the King James Bible, where the phrase ‘God save the King, Long live the King‘ appears in the Book of Kings, Chapter 1.

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What are the lyrics to ‘God Save The Queen‘?

God save our gracious Queen,
Long live our noble Queen,
God save the Queen!
Send her victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the Queen!

O Lord our God arise,
Scatter our enemies,
And make them fall!
Confound their politics,
Frustrate their knavish tricks,
On Thee our hopes we fix,
God save us all!

Not in this land alone,
But be God’s mercies known,
From shore to shore!
Lord make the nations see,
That men should brothers be,
And form one family,
The wide world o’er.

From every latent foe,
From the assassins blow,
God save the Queen!
O’er her thine arm extend,
For Britain’s sake defend,
Our mother, prince, and friend,
God save the Queen!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On her be pleased to pour,
Long may she reign!
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen!

Did you know…?

…When God Save The King was was first sang during the reign of George II the lyrics mentioned George in the first line ‘God save great George our king’? This was alright for George’s II, III and IV, but led to problems when William (IV) and Victoria came to the throne, so it was changed to ‘God save our gracious King/Queen’

…Liechtenstein’s national anthem “Oben am jungen Rhein’ uses the same melody?

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Find more lyrics to the different national anthems here