Alfred (opera)

sung stage work
(Redirected from David Mallet)

Alfred (1740) is a masque written by David Mallet and James Thomson. The masque is about Alfred the Great, and was first performed at Cliveden, country home of Frederick, Prince of Wales, on 1 August 1740, to commemorate the accession of George I and the birthday of the Princess Augusta. It was the vehicle for the British patriotic song "Rule, Britannia!".


  • Who has not known ill fortune, never knew
    Himself, or his own virtue.
    • Act I, Scene I.
  • What proves the hero truly great,
    Is never, never to despair.
    • Act I, Scene III.
  • Rule Britannia, rule the waves:
    Britons never will be slaves.
    • Act II, Scene X.
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