Masque orig. in 2 acts about King Alfred by Thomas Arne, with words by J. Thomson and D. Mallet, prod. Cliveden, Bucks., 1740. Contains song ‘Rule, Britannia!’ Later revised extensively both as oratorio and opera in 3 acts, with much new material. Perfs. in Dublin 1744, 1756; London 1751, 1753, 1754, 1755, 1759, 1762, and 1773.
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