Rule, Britannia!

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Rule, Britannia!
Composer Thomas Arne
Released 1740-08-01

Rule, Britannia! is a song based off of a poem by James Thomson and set to music composed by Thomas Arne. It has become the unofficial national anthem of the United Kingdom. Several games have used this tune, but most notably the Ultima series which has used the song in the majority of its games when you reach Lord British's castle.

The remixes of this song was also used in The Missing Monarch, Ending - Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (NES), Unity and Joyous Reunion tracks.

Games

Blue Max (A8)

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Blue Max (A8)
Arranger Bob Polin
Released 1983-??-??
Length 0:54
Format SAP


Blue Max (C64)

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Blue Max (C64)
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Arranger Stephen Biggs
Released 1983-??-??
Length 0:45
Format SID

Played at the title screen.

Ultima III: Exodus (A2)

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Ultima III: Exodus (A2)
Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1983-??-??
Length 0:16
Format UNK

Played at Lord British's castle.

Ultima III: Exodus (C64)

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Ultima III: Exodus (C64)
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Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1984-??-??
Length 0:16
Format SID

Like the Apple II port, Rule, Britannia! is played in Lord British's castle. It is track 8 in the SID file.

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (A2)

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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (A2)
Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1984-??-??
Length 0:38
Format UNK


Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (C64)

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Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar (C64)
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Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1985-??-??
Length 0:38
Format SID

In the Commodore 64 port of Ultima IV, Rule, Britannia! plays when you are talking to Lord British. The song is track 9 in the SID file.

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (A2)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (A2)
Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1988-03-??
Format UNK

Rule, Britannia! is played in three different versions in Ultima V. It is played in a down beat from as The Missing Monarch, in normal form as Rule, Britannia!, and in a happy version as Joyous Reunion. The song loops.

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (C64)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (C64)
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Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1988-??-??
Length 0:37.23
Format SID

Like the Apple II game, the Commodore 128 version plays Rule, Britannia! in three different versions. It is played in a down beat from as The Missing Monarch, in normal form as Rule, Britannia!, and in a happy version as Joyous Reunion. The song loops.

Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (NES)

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Ultima: Quest of the Avatar (NES)
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Arranger Seiji Toda
Released 1989-09-20
Length 0:01
Format NSF
Seiji Toda sneaked about a second of Rule, Britannia! into the Ending track. It can be heard around the 1:00 mark.

Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (AST)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny (AST)
Arranger Wally Beben
Released 1989-??-??
Format SNDH

Like the Apple II game, the Atari ST version plays Rule, Britannia! in three different versions. It is played in a down beat from as The Missing Monarch, in normal form as Rule, Britannia!, and in a happy version as Joyous Reunion. The song loops.

Ultima VI: The False Prophet (DOS)

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Ultima VI: The False Prophet (DOS)
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Arranger Herman Miller
Released 1990-??-??
Length 0:37
Format M

Unlike earlier games, Rule, Britannia! is not played specifically for Lord British's castle. Rather, it is one of the four tracks that plays randomly throughout the game after conversations. It its, however, played in the game's ending when Lord British is summoned to meet the Lord Draxinusom. The song is also integrated into the ending song, Unity.

The song file is named Brit.m.

Ultima: Warriors of Destiny (NES)

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Arranger Martin Galway
Released 1991-01-??
Length 0:35
Format NSF

Played at the title screen.

Ultima VI: The False Prophet (C64)

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Ultima VI: The False Prophet (C64)
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Arranger Ken Arnold
Released 1991-??-??
Length 0:37.23
Format SID

The Commodore port of Ultima 6 uses the same version of Rule, Britannia! as the Commodore port of Ultima 5.

Stanley: The Search For Dr. Livingston (NES)

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Stanley: The Search For Dr. Livingston (NES)
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Arranger Paul Webb
Released 1992-02-10
Length 0:05
Format NSF

The first ten notes of the song are played at the map screen.

Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS)

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Ultima VII: The Black Gate (DOS)
Arranger Dana Glover
Released 1992-04-16
Length 1:14
Format MIDI

Played when nearing Lord British's throne room.

Ultima VI: The False Prophet (SNES)

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Ultima VI: The False Prophet (SNES)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1992-07-03
Format SPC


Ultima VI: The False Prophet (AST)

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Ultima VI: The False Prophet (AST)
Arranger Matt Furniss
Released 1992-??-??
Format SNDH


Ultima: Runes of Virtue II (SNES)

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Ultima: Runes of Virtue II (SNES)
Arranger Unknown
Released 1994-06-17
Format SPC


Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny - Exodus Project (DOS)

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Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny - Exodus Project (DOS)
Arranger Unknown
Released 2001-08-21
Format XMI


Lyrics

This song has lyrics, though no game uses them.

When Britain first, at Heaven's command
Arose from out the azure main;
This was the charter of the land,
And guardian angels sang this strain:

"Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
"Britons never will be slaves."

The nations, not so blest as thee,
Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall;
While thou shalt flourish great and free,
The dread and envy of them all.

"Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
"Britons never will be slaves."

Still more majestic shalt thou rise,
More dreadful, from each foreign stroke;
As the loud blast that tears the skies,
Serves but to root thy native oak.

"Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
"Britons never will be slaves."

Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame:
All their attempts to bend thee down,
Will but arouse thy generous flame;
But work their woe, and thy renown.

"Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
"Britons never will be slaves."

To thee belongs the rural reign;
Thy cities shall with commerce shine:
All thine shall be the subject main,
And every shore it circles thine.

"Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
"Britons never will be slaves."

The Muses, still with freedom found,
Shall to thy happy coast repair;
Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown'd,
And manly hearts to guard the fair.

"Rule, Britannia! rule the waves:
"Britons never will be slaves." 

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