Watch: Beautiful, Soul-Tingling Rendition of Sint Maarten’s Anthem Sung in A Cappella

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, there were many celebrations marking St. Martin’s Day. In Amsterdam, a fundraiser was being held to benefit Rebuild SXM. It’s an organization that has raised a lot of money and awareness in the Netherlands for Sint Maarten.

During The Official St. Maarten Day Celebration, a group of young Sint Maarteners belted out Sint Maarten’s anthem — O Sweet Saint Martin’s Land — in A cappella. And it was amazing. Check it out. The words are below if you want to sing along!

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Where over the world, say where,
You find an island there,
So lovely small with nations free
With people French and Dutch
Though talking English much,
As thee Saint Martin in the sea ?

Chorus :
O sweet Saint Martin’s Land
So bright by beach and strand
With sailors on the sea and harbors free
Where the chains of mountains green
Variously in sunlight sheen

Oh I love thy Paradise,
Nature beauty fairly nice (twice)”

How pretty between all green
Flamboyants beaming gleam
Of flowers red by sunlight set
Thy cows and sheep and goats
In meadows or on the roads
Thy donkeys keen I can’t forget

Thy useful birds in white
Their morn and evening flight
Like aircraft-wings in unity
Their coming down for food
Then turning back to roost
Bring home to me their harmony

Saint Martin I like thy name
In which Columbus fame
And memories of old are closed
For me a great delight
Thy Southern Cross the night
May God the Lord protect thy coast!

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Jon Ferlise

I am a U.S. citizen living in Phoenix, Arizona, with my wife and two sons, ages 4 and 6 (and yes, they LOVE SXM as much as we do!). My family considers the island a second home and we’ve been there countless times. We love the culture, the people, the community and the beauty of this island. The people have always made us feel at home and welcome. This is a small way for me and my family to support an island and it’s people that we hold so dear. Learn more about me at Leftmind.com.

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