of Beauty, Isle of
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 lands so like all fountains,
Giving cheer that warms the soul.
God hath blest thee,
With a clime benign and bright,
Pastures green and flow’rs of
Filling al with pure delight,
And a people strong and
Full of Godly reverent fear,
May we ever seek to praise
For these gifts so rich and rare.
ye forward, sons and daughters,
Of this Gem beyond compare,
Strive for honour sons and daughters,
Do the right be firm be fair,
Toil with the hearts and hands and voices,
We must prosper! Sound
In which everyone rejoices,
for Each and Each for All”.
Anthem (Isle of Beauty)*:
a symbol of nationhood, the National Anthem takes its place beside the
National Flag. Many Dominicans remember the pre-eminence given to “God
Save the Queen”, the British National Anthem. All self-respecting
citizens within hearing stand in silence, with heads bared, where
appropriate, while the National Anthem is being rendered, on ceremonial
and official occasions. Only a degenerate would dream of showing
disrespect to his/her own Flag or National Anthem since by doing so
he/she would be severing the one link that exists between himself and
every national. It is expected that every citizen will treat our
National Anthem with the same respect and patriotism as is shown to
theirs by other nationals throughout the civilized world.
Dominica National Anthem, popularly referred to as “The Isle of
Beauty” was retained on achieving Independence; during the period
proceeding Associated Statehood with Britain, 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; they who were both subsequently
ceremonial occasions the National Anthem should be rendered on the
arrival of the President as a sign of respect.
is important to note that the National Anthem should never be parodied
in verse or in song, neither should it be played in any tempo other than
the officially recognized one. Particularly, the tune should never be
played as a dance number, or for the purpose of advertisement.
some countries, including the Caribbean, persons who contravene or fail
to comply with regulations in this regard are guilty of an offence and
are liable on summary conviction to a fine or imprisonment.
should be no objections to the use of the National Anthem at the
completion of any public function, or when toasts are proposed at
of Dominica: The Symbols of Nationhood", Published by the Ministry
of Community Development & Social Affairs.
Information provided by the Permanent Mission of the Commonwealth of
Dominica to the OAS.