Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Snowden told his country last week that the words of "God Save the King" are unimportant. "The real thing," he said to the House of Commons, "is the tune."
To this tune an Englishman and an American may sing, both correctly, as follows:
Englishman: God save our gracious King, etc.
American: My country, 'tis of thee, etc.
But the last half of the second stanza, which last week caused Mr. Snowden to take refuge in the tune, is (when mis chievously interpreted, as no loyal sub ject should think of doing) an...