Island Hymn named P.E.I.'s official anthem

Teresa Wright twright@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on April 30, 2010

Islanders will soon be singing about the land they love the best when they sing the Island's new anthem.
Premier Robert Ghiz introduced the Provincial Anthem Act in the legislature Thursday, officially naming the Island Hymn as P.E.I.'s official anthem.
Many Islanders already consider this well-known song to be P.E.I.'s official song. The words of the hymn were penned by the Island's beloved author Lucy Maud Montgomery and it became immediately popular after it was first performed in 1908.
It is often sung at ceremonies and events on P.E.I.
That's why Ghiz thought it should be made the Island's official provincial anthem.
"We're one of the only provinces in the country without a provincial anthem," he said.
"Probably a lot of
people think that this is the Island's anthem‚ so we thought we'd bring this act in."
He said he realizes it's not necessary to name an official anthem, but said he thought it would be "kind of nice to do."
"It will be great, when this is enacted, to make sure that the Island Hymn is also our provincial hymn."
He said it could be brought into Island schools and sung by P.E.I. students just as the national anthem is taught and sung every morning.
When asked if he could sing a few lines, however, Ghiz refused.
"I will admit that I have no capability to sing," he said, laughing.
"But the one good thing about having a nine-month-old daughter though is that I can
now sing as much as I want at home and she enjoys it."
The patriotic song of Prince Edward Island was written by Lucy Maud Montgomery in the spring of 1908.

The Island Hymn:

Words by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Fair Island of the sea,
We raise our song to thee,
The bright and blest;
Loyally now we stand
As brothers, hand in hand,
And sing God save the land
We love the best.

Upon our princely Isle
May kindest fortune smile
In coming years;
Peace and prosperity
In all her borders be,
From every evil free,
And weakling fears.

Prince Edward Isle, to thee
Our hearts shall faithful be
Where'er we dwell;
Forever may we stand
As brothers, hand in hand,
And sing God save the land
We love so well.