When the King enjoys his own again

This expression of Royalist sympathy first appeared as a broadside ballad during the English civil war in 1643, "to be joyfully sung with its own proper sweet tune". The tune appears in various sources from the 1650's onwards; It was used for innumerable other ballads and remained familiar throughout the late 18th century. The literary art Antiquarian Joseph Ritson, who anticipated Chappel with his interest in popular material, writing in the late 18th century, called it "the most famous and popular air ever heard of in this country".

God save the King!

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