- Rule, Britannia!
a British patriotic song (= one expressing pride in Britain) written in 1740 by Thomas Arne (1710–78) with words by James Thomson (1700–48). It is sung at the Last Night of the Proms. Its last words, which most British people know, are:Rule, Britannia! Britannia rules the waves;Britons never, never, never shall be slaves.
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