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V718 - Anthems Bill 2014 (Second Reading), TSR Labour Party

Anthems Bill 2014
An Act introducing official national anthems.

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

1: Anthem of the British Republic
(1) The national anthem of the British Republic shall be the first and third verses of "I Vow To Thee, My Country".
(2) This national anthem shall be played wherever an anthem representing the British Republic as a whole is required.
(3) This national anthem may optionally be played before or after the national anthems of the constituent nations.

2: Anthem of England
(1) The national anthem of England shall be the full version of "Jerusalem".
(2) This national anthem shall be played whenever an anthem specific to England is required.

3: Anthem of Scotland
(1) The national anthem of Scotland shall be the first and third verses of "Flower of Scotland".
(2) This national anthem shall be played whenever an anthem specific to Scotland is required.

4: Anthem of Wales
(1) The national anthem of Wales shall be the first verse and chorus of "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" sung first in Welsh and then in English.
(2) This national anthem shall be played whenever an anthem specific to Wales is required.

5: Anthem of Northern Ireland
(1) The national anthem of Northern Ireland shall be the first and third verses and chorus of "Ireland's Call".
(2) This national anthem shall be played whenever an anthem specific to Northern Ireland is required.

6: Commencement, Short Title and Extent
(1) This Act may be cited as the Anthems Act 2014.
(2) This bill shall extend to the British Republic; and
(3) Shall come into force immediately.



Notes
Changes for the second reading:
Ireland's Call replaces Amhrán na bhFiann for Northern Ireland.


The specific lyrics to the anthems are the following:

I Vow To Thee, My Country
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I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,
Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;
The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,
That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;
The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,
The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.

And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,
Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;
We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;
Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;
And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,
And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.


Jerusalem
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And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England's mountains green:
And was the holy Lamb of God,
On England's pleasant pastures seen!
And did the Countenance Divine,
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here,
Among these dark Satanic Mills?

Bring me my Bow of burning gold;
Bring me my Arrows of desire:
Bring me my Spear: O clouds unfold!
Bring me my Chariot of fire!
I will not cease from Mental Fight,
Nor shall my Sword sleep in my hand:
Till we have built Jerusalem,
In England's green & pleasant Land


Flower of Scotland
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O flower of Scotland
When will we see
Your like again
That fought and died for
Your wee bit hill and glen
And stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again

Those days are passed now
And in the past they must remain
But we can still rise now
And be the nation again
That stood against him
Proud Edward's army
And sent him homeward
Tae think again


Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau
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Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn annwyl i mi,
Gwlad beirdd a chantorion, enwogion o fri;
Ei gwrol ryfelwyr, gwladgarwyr tra mad,
Dros ryddid collasant eu gwaed.
Gwlad, gwlad, pleidiol wyf i'm gwlad.
Tra môr yn fur i'r bur hoff bau,
O bydded i'r hen iaith barhau.

The land of my fathers is dear to me,
Old land where the minstrels are honoured and free;
Its warring defenders so gallant and brave,
For freedom their life's blood they gave.
Wales, Wales, true am I to Wales,
While seas secure the land so pure,
O may the old language endure.


Ireland's Call
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Come the day and come the hour,
Come the power and the glory,
We have come to answer our country's call
From the four proud provinces of Ireland.

Ireland, Ireland, together standing tall,
Shoulder to shoulder we'll answer Ireland's call.

Heart of steel and heads unbowing,
Vowing never to be broken,
We will fight until we can fight no more
For the four proud provinces of Ireland.

Ireland, Ireland...

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Aye, for a republican anthem for our British Republic.
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No no no.
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'Nay'. No need to change.
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'Nay'. No need to change.
There is a bit...
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There is a bit...
Only if you agree with the Republic.

The notions in the Irish song also raise concern, it's not clear they mean NI.
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Should be referendums to be honest.
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[5: Anthem of Northern Ireland
(1) The national anthem of Northern Ireland shall be the first and third verses and chorus of "Ireland's Call".
(2) This national anthem shall be played whenever an anthem specific to Northern Ireland is required.
No definitely not!

This bit extremely annoys be, as being from Northern Ireland, 'Ireland's call' associates more with the Republic of Ireland and not the United Kingdom!
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The Ayes to the right: 18
The Noes to the left: 14
Abstentions: 11

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