Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee
National anthem of Antigua and Barbuda
|Lyrics||Novelle Hamilton Richards, 1967|
|Music||Walter Garnet Picart Chambers, 1967|
"Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee" (instrumental)
"Fair Antigua, We Salute Thee" is the national anthem of Antigua and Barbuda. Written by Novelle Hamilton Richards and composed by Walter Garnet Picart Chambers, it was adopted in 1967 while Antigua and Barbuda were still a British colony. It was adopted as the national anthem upon independence in 1981. As Antigua is a Commonwealth realm, "God Save the Queen" is still the royal anthem.
- Fair Antigua and Barbuda!
- We thy sons and daughters stand
- Strong and firm in peace or danger
- To safeguard our native land
- We commit ourselves to building
- A true nation brave and free;
- Ever striving, ever seeking,
- Dwell in love and unity
- Raise the standard! Raise it boldly!
- Answer now to duty's call
- To the service of thy country,
- Sparing nothing, giving all;
- Gird your loins and join the battle
- 'Gainst fear, hate and poverty,
- Each endeavouring, all achieving,
- Live in peace where man is free.
- God of nations, let Thy blessings
- Fall upon this land of ours;
- Rain and sunshine ever sending,
- Fill her fields with crops and flowers;
- We her children do implore Thee,
- Give us strength, faith, loyalty,
- Never failing, all enduring
- To defend her liberty.