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Jamaica, Land We Love – The Jamaican National Anthem

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The Jamaican National Anthem is   “Jamaica, Land We Love” . All persons should stand at attention, (i.e., heels together) at the playing of the National Anthem and men should remove their hats. Singing of the National Anthem should form part of the ceremony of raising and lowering of the flag at the beginning and end of term in schools and at Independence celebrations. The Anthem is the creative work of four persons, the late Rev. and Hon. Hugh Sherlock, OJ, OBE, the late Hon. Robert Lightbourne, OJ, the late Mapletoft Poulle and Mrs. Poulle (now Mrs. Raymond Lindo).

Jamaica, Land We Love – The Jamaica National Anthem


Listen to the music only or Listen the Anthem with Words or View the music sheet (First stanza and chorus)

Eternal Father, Bless our Land,
Guard us with thy mighty hand,
Keep us free from evil powers,
Be our light through countless hours,
To our leaders, great defender,
Grant true wisdom from above,
Justice, truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, land we love,
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

Teach us true respect for all,
Stir response to duty’s call,
Strengthen us the weak to cherish,
Give us vision lest we perish,
Knowledge send us Heavenly Father,
Grant true wisdom from above,
Justice, truth be ours forever,
Jamaica, land we love,
Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica, land we love

Note: We bolded the word “Guard” as some people say “Guide” which is not in the original anthem.

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