I agree with the quoted part of your first paragraph.
You are wrong!! The second verse still exists, although NEVER sung. Anyway GSTQ is a boring anthem. Give me Rule Britannia or Land of Hope and Glory anytime.
OSS, I am not wrong. The verse quoted by macenroeforever, which was written in 1745, was removed in 1870 when GSTQ officially became the British national anthem. Also that odious verse was completely incorrect in its reference to "rebellious Scots", since it was only the Jacobites who rebelled in 1745 (and before that in 1715). There were many English Catholics who were Jacobites, just as there were many Scottish Protestants who were in favour of the Hanoverian Succession who fought alongside the Government troops. If you don't believe me, consult a history book!
Also there were originally five verses in the British national anthem, but that has long since been reduced to two, the original third verse becoming the second verse. The only time the second verse is sung now, to my knowledge, is at the Festival of Remembrance in the Royal Albert Hall - and it was sung at the Queen's coronation as well. It is:
Thy choicest gifts in store
On her be pleased to pour;
Long may she reign;
May she defend our laws,
And ever give us cause
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the Queen!
As for Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory - what a joke. Britannia can barely rule herself these days never mind anyone else, and hope and glory went down the plughole decades ago. I'm quite happy to stay with GSTQ thank you!