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    anthem

    Thy choicest gifts in store
    On her be pleased to pour,

    Long may she reign;
    May she defend our laws,
    And ever give us cause
    To sing with heart and voice,
    God save The Queen!


    I cannot understand the underlined part of the British anthem, especially "on her be pleased to pour". Can any British teacher explain to me?

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    Re: anthem

    (Addressing God):

    'Give her all the best things you have got.'

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    Re: anthem

    How should I understand "on her" on the second line? Thanks again.

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    Re: anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by jasonlulu_2000 View Post
    Thy choicest gifts in store
    On her be pleased to pour,
    May I take it to mean 'please pour the choicest gifts on her'?

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    Re: anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    May I take it to mean 'please pour the choicest gifts on her'?

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    Yes. The choicest gifts that you have "in store." The pouring is not literal.

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    Re: anthem

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    The pouring is not literal.
    As in 'Pour My Love on You'?

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    Re: anthem

    I wouldn't worry too much about anything in the national anthem of the UK after verse 1. None of us knows it and, apart from some very formal occasions which would not involve "normal" people, the rest of the verses are not sung. Most British people could tell you all the words to the first verse - after that, it's a mystery.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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