(it will go). Called emphatically Le Carillon National
of the French Revolution (1790). It went to the tune of the Carillon
National, which Marie Antoinette was for ever strumming on her
was the rallying cry borrowed by the Federalists from Dr. Franklin
of America, who used to say, in reference to the American revolution,
“Ah! ah! ca ira, ca ira!” ('twill be sure to do). The refrain of
the carillon is-
Ha! ha! It will speed, it will speed, it will speed! Resistance is
vain, we are sure to succeed.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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