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Vol. 3 No. 4 - Holy Cross 2008

Canadian Royal Anthem

God Save the Queen
(17th Century - Anonymous)

The little-known second verse of the Canadian Royal Anthem (God Save the Queen) is based on Psalm 67, used in various divine services of the Orthodox Church.

Second Verse

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

Psalm 67 (68)

Let God arise,
Let His enemies be scattered;
Let those also who hate Him flee before Him.
As smoke is driven away,
So drive them away;
As wax melts before the fire,
So let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

© All Saints of North America Orthodox Church
Orthodox Church in America, 2008.