Rule, Britannia

Words by Thomson, author of The Seasons; music by Dr. Arne. It first appeared in a masque entitled Alfred, in which the name of David Mallett is associated with that of James Thomson, and some think he was the real author of this “political hymn.” (August 1, 1740.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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