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Hi, Im looking for information about the national anthem of Guernsey.
Who wrote the Channel Islander national anthem (lyrics and music)?
When was the national anthem of Guernsey officially adopted?
Please add any valuable information like links to anthem's mp3, video, lyrics, free sheet music etc.
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The National anthem of Guernsey is "Sarnia Cherie" which means in English "Guernsey Dear".
Guernsey's anthem lyrics were written by George DEIGHTON and the music was written by Domencio SANTANGELO.
Adopted 1911; Serves As A Local Anthem; As A British Crown Dependency, "God Save The Queen" Remains Official .
 
 
Listen to Guernsey national anthem on Youtube
 
Channel Islander anthem lyrics (Official English)
Sarnia; dear Homeland, Gem of the sea.
Island of beauty, my heart longs for thee.
Thy voice calls me ever, in waking, or sleep,
Till my soul cries with anguish, my eyes ache to weep.
In fancy I see thee, again as of yore,
Thy verdure clad hills and thy wave beaten shore.
Thy rock sheltered bays, ah; of all thou art best,
I'm returning to greet thee, dear island of rest.
 
CHORUS
 
Sarnia Cherie. Gem of the sea.
Home of my childhood, my heart longs for thee.
Thy voice calls me ever, forget thee I'll never,
Island of beauty. Sarnia Cherie.
 
I left thee in anger, I knew not thy worth.
Journeyed afar, to the ends of the earth.
Was told of far countries, the heav'n of the bold,
Where the soil gave up diamonds, silver and gold.
The sun always shone, and "race" took no part,
But thy cry always reached me, its pain wrenched my heart.
So I'm coming home, thou of all art the best.
Returning to greet thee, dear island of rest.
 
CHORUS
 
You can find more information about Channel Islander anthem on Wikipedia - See link.

 

Guernsey
Channel Islander national symbol: Guernsey cow; donkey.

Guernsey flag

Conventional short form country name: Guernsey.
Conventional long form country name: Bailiwick of Guernsey.
 
Guernsey Government Type: parliamentary democracy.
 
Parliamentary democracy is a political system in which the legislature (parliament) selects the government - a prime minister, premier, or chancellor along with the cabinet ministers - according to party strength as expressed in elections; by this system, the government acquires a dual responsibility: to the people as well as to the parliament. 
 
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