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Quotation by James Thomson
When Britain first, at Heaven's command, Arose from out the azure main, This was the charter of her land, And guardian angels sung the strain: Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves! Britons never shall be slaves.
James Thomson (1700–1748), British poet, and David Mallet (1705?-1765). Alfred, A Masque: Rule Brittania (l. 1–6). . .
Oxford Book of War Poetry, The. Jon Stallworthy, ed. (1984) Oxford University Press.
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