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Lyrics - The Diamond Jubilee Anthem

What hath this day deserv'd ?


THE DIAMOND JUBILEE ANTHEM | Composed by Leo King | Cantamus Choir and Orchestra of London | Director Dr Peter Macdonald
Text taken from William Shakespeare's The Life and Death of King John,Act III, Scene 1 (c. 1594) | Enhancements by Leo King

What hath this day deserv'd ? what hath it done
That it in golden letters should be set
Among the high tides in the calendar ?
To solemnize this day the glorious sun
Stays in his course and plays the alchemist,
Turning with splendour of his precious eye
O Fortune, O !
The yearly course that brings this day about
Shall never see it but a holiday
Nature and Fortune join'd to make thee great
With the half-blown rose, the English Rose

Recorded at the Church of St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, London EC1, England, by
Redbridge Recordings, 23 Bethell Avenue, Cranbrook, Ilford, Essex IG1 4UX, UK

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