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Page 1 George V, George VI, or any other George - Of National Anthems 1. Great Britain The first written docum ent of the British national anth em goes back to Gentlem n' s Magazine, October 1745 . It refers to George II: God save great George ou r king, lon li ve our noble king, God sav the king. Send him victorious, happy and glorious , long to reign over us, God save the king. Page 2 2. United States of America During the re ign of George III, the British lost the Am erican colonies. The first unofficial national anthem of the United States, and on e of the m st popular
Am er ican patriotic songs, follow exactly the melody of the British national anthem. However, the ly rics m ke the juxtaposit ion clear: country 'tis of thee, sweet land of li erty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of t e pilgrims' pr ide, from every mountain si de, let freedom ring! Let music swell the breeze and ring from a ll the trees sweet freedom’s song: Let mortal tongues awake. Let all that breathe parta ke. Let rocks t eir silence b reak. The sound prol ong! Our fathers' God to Thee, author of libe ty, to Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright, with freedom's
holy li gh t. Protect us by Thy might , great God our king! It is an undoubted histori cal fact that this new Am erican nation had deep reli gious convict ion. George Washington himself is credited with first speaking th e words “so help me, God” after the presidential inaugural oat . However, t ese words ar e not, and have ne ver been , part of the official constit utional oath. Every reference to religion in the constit ution is i pla ce to re-enforced separatio n of religion and state. Is it because the framers of the constitu tion wer athei ts? Quite the o ppos ite. It is because they
knew their histor and their politics quite well (too m ny re ligious wars in Europe, too m protestant denom inations in A eric a) . It was a mat er of commo n sense. Page 3 3. India George V ascended to the t rone in 1910, as King of the United Kingdom and the British Do minions, and Em peror of India. In pre aration of George V' s visit to India in 191 1, Rabindranath T gore, Nobel laureate, was requested to co pose a poem for the o ccasion of the visit of the "Ruler of All People". Tagore did com pose a poem titled "Ruler of the Mi nds of All People", which t oda form s the ly rics
of the National Anthem of India. Here's a tran slation, thou I am told so me is lost fro m Tagore' s original "Jana Gana Mana" written in highl Sanskritiz ed Bengali: Ruler of the nds of All People, by Ra bindran ath T agore, 19 11 O! Dispenser of Indi s destiny! T hou ar the ruler of t e minds of a ll people. Thy name rouses the hearts of Punj ab, Si ndh, Guj rat, the Ma ratha country, in the Dravida, Utkala a Bengal; it echoes in the hills of the Vindhyas and Himalayas, it mingles in t e rhapsodie of the pure waters of Yamuna and Ganga. They chant o ly thy name. They see k only thy
auspicious blessings. They sing onl y the glory of thy victory. The salvation of all people waits in thy h ands. O! Dispenser of Indi s destiny! T hou art th e ruler of t e minds of a ll people. Victory to thee, Victory to thee, Victory to thee, Victory, Victo ry, Victory, Victory to thee! In 1937, Tag re him self wrote: "A certain high official in His Majesty s ice, who w s also friend, had requested that I write a song of felicitation towards the peror. The request si ly am az ed me. It caused a great stir in m heart. In resp onse to that great ntal turm oil, I prono unced the victory in
Jana Gana Mana of that Bhagy Vidhata of India who has from age aft age held steadfast the re ins of India's chariot throug h rise and fall, thr gh the straigh path and the curved. That Lord of Destiny that Reader of the Collective Mind of India, that Perennial Guide, could never be George V, George VI, or any other George. Even m offici al friend understood t is about the song. After all, even if his adm tion for the crown was exce ssive, he was not lacking in sim le co mm on sense." R bindranath T gore and Mahatm a Gandhi, 194 0.