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Rule Britannia

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Transcript Of Narration
Rule Britannia originates from the poem Rule Britannia by James Thomson and has been set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740. On 1st August 1740 at Cliefden House near Maidenhead a banquet was held to commemorate the accession of George I. During the occasion a play called Alfred was performed with such success that five years later the composer altered it into an Opera and presented it at a theatre in Drury Lane, from which we get Rule Britannia.