Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Most Beautifullest Poem in the World

The Most Beautifullest (don't worry I know it's grammatically wrong) Poem in the World is actually not a poem at all but the National Anthem of a Country. My Country, the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, DOMINICA.

The Dominica National Anthem, popularly referred to as “The Isle of Beauty” was retained on achieving Independence; during the period proceeding Associated Statehood with Britian, it was referred to as the National Song. The words were composed by the late Reverend W.O.M. Pond and put to music by L.M. Christian.

The National Anthem of Dominica

Isle of beauty, isle of splendour,
Isle to all so sweet and fair,
All must surely gaze in wonder
At thy gifts so rich and rare.
Rivers, valleys, hills and mountains,
All these gifts we do extol.
Healthy land, so like all fountains,
Giving cheer that warms the soul.

Dominica, God hath blest thee
With a clime benign and bright,
Pastures green and flowers of beauty
Filling all with pure delight,
And a people strong and healthy,
Full of godly, rev'rent fear.
May we ever seek to praise
Thee For these gifts so rich and rare.

Come ye forward, sons and daughters
Of this gem beyond compare.
Strive for honor, sons and daughters,
Do the right, be firm, be fair.
Toil with hearts and hands and voices.
We must prosper! Sound the call,
In which ev'ry one rejoices,
"All for Each and Each for All."

Note Bien: Dominica's national anthem was named one of the top ten (10) anthems among 205 countries competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Read this article in The Guardian for more information. The instrumental version to the anthem can also be downloaded from this site


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Maureen said...