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Jim Krause Origins: Over the Hills and Far Away / O'er the... (39) RE: O'er the Hills 11 Sep 02


TtR, It comes from Gay's ballad opera "The Beggar's Opera" first staged in London in 1728. The lyrics you posted are a military parody dating from quite a bit later, although I don't quite understand the Queen Anne reference, since I believe she was dead and the Hanoverians were on the English throne when Gay's opera was produced.
Jim


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