Friday, April 21, 2006

Here's a Health Unto Her Majesty

Here's a health unto her Majesty,
With a fa la la la la la la.
Confusion to her enemies,
With a fa la la la la la la.
And he who would not drink her health,
we wish him neither wit nor wealth.
Nor yet a rope to hang himself…

"Here’s a Health Unto Her Majesty" (Jeremy Savile,1650).
Yes, as a commenter noted yesterday, today is the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II, of Great Britain. Or, more accurately: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith. This is her style in Britain, for a full listing of her titles, see here.
Alas, the British monarch had even more spiffy titles not so long ago, but much has changed in the world, and not all for the better. El Jefe is definitely an anglophile, and somewhat of a monarchist, so, Happy Birthday to the Queen, and long may she and her family reign.

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