Eternal Father bless our land

Eternal Father bless our land. Hugh Sherlock* (1905-1998). Written in 1962, this was entitled ‘Jamaica, land we love’. It has two stanzas, each ending with the same three lines: Justice, Truth be ours forever, Jamaica, land we love Jamaica, Jamaica, Jamaica land we love. It was given a tune by Robert Lightbourne, arranged by Mapletoft Poulle. Words and music were chosen as the national anthem by a committee of the Jamaican Parliament, and sung at the independence ceremonies of 1962. It is a fine example of a hymn with a vision and a call to duty that has expressed the hopes and ideals of a new...

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